I have a questions about Ubuntu 16.04LTS and external drives. Right now I have a SSD hard drive with Ubuntu on it and another one(regular) with Windows 10. I still sometimes need to look up for files in my Windows drive and now what I'm doing is swapping between drives when I need something from the Windows drive. My question is: Is there a more sophisticated method for doing this(for example converting my Windows drive to an external) ?

Note: My Windows drive is not external in the moment of speaking, but i can convert it. Also my SSD is not big enough to support dual-boot.


Yes, you can convert it to an external drive, just after connecting it go to terminal and run this command:

sudo os-prober

this should find the Windows on your other drive. then use:

sudo update-grub

and whenever you boot the computer you will see Windows beside Ubuntu in the grub menu.

  • Thank you for the answer. So is this some sort of a dual-boot or ? Feb 17 '18 at 16:35
  • Yeah, this is a dual boot, grub doesn't care about the drives it only looks for bootloaders. (as far as they use the same firmware like UEFI. ) Feb 17 '18 at 16:45
  • Okay got it. Thank you again for the answer much appreciated Feb 17 '18 at 16:46

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