guys. I am a very newbie, who has just started learning Ubuntu.

I have a very old Samsung laptop produced in 2006, and being fed up with Windows for longer than a decade, I have "just" installed Lubuntu 18 by wiping out Windows 7.

This laptop is so old even recently with detecting problem, which HDD is sometimes not recognizable - "Operating System not found" under Windows 7 and Lubuntu.

Generally I do not wish to go back to Windows, being happy with the current stability of Lububtu.

However, since this laptop looks very unstable, I am thinking to newly install Linux Mint (19 probably) for dual boot.

The below are the information on the laptop. Please please provide if this idea may work or if you guys have any better ideas.


Disk /dev/sda: 298.1 GiB, 320072933376 bytes, 625142448 sectors Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes Disklabel type: dos Disk identifier: 0xe6f3b46a

Device Boot Start End Sectors Size Id Type /dev/sda1 1050624 21530623 20480000 9.8G 82 Linux swap / Solaris /dev/sda2 21530624 62490623 40960000 19.5G 83 Linux /dev/sda3 2048 1050623 1048576 512M 83 Linux /dev/sda4 62490624 498183983 435693360 207.8G 83 Linux

Partition table entries are not in disk order.


Model: ATA ST3320820AS (scsi) Disk /dev/sda: 320GB Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B Partition Table: msdos Disk Flags:

Number Start End Size Type File system Flags 3 1049kB 538MB 537MB primary ext4 1 538MB 11.0GB 10.5GB primary linux-swap(v1) 2 11.0GB 32.0GB 21.0GB primary ext4 4 32.0GB 255GB 223GB primary ext4


FYI, I have already made the live USB with Linux Mint. I have already relocated 65G HDD for unused space to install Linux Mint here.

Looking forward to hearing good suggestions... Best,

closed as primarily opinion-based by mook765, pomsky, Rinzwind, Organic Marble, user535733 May 13 at 19:26

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    The dual-boot is neither a good not a bad idea. Your computer, you do what you want. That said, no software will fix the intermittent drive detection. That problem is likely hardware, maybe the internal CMOS battery is no longer keeping the BIOS settings... – GabrielaGarcia May 13 at 17:50
  • And Mint is off-topic here. – GabrielaGarcia May 13 at 17:51
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    Making the machine dual boot will not solve problems with unstable hardware. Sounds like your HDD is going to fail, if that's the case, replace it. – mook765 May 13 at 17:52
  • Adding more complications to a machine that already has problems...what could go wrong? Voting to close as opinion-based. – Organic Marble May 13 at 18:20
  • First of all, thank you so much for all of your above replies. – housetimf May 13 at 18:22