I have just bought a 120gb SSD for my computer. I currently run a 1tb HDD with dual boot Win 7 and Ubuntu 14.04. I want install Win 7 onto my new SSD (rather than cloning and migrating, which I think will just get messy because I have 3 partitions: 1 solely for the running of Windows, 1 for my documents and settings, etc., and 1 for Ubuntu.)

My aim is to reserve the HDD for Win Documents, Music, Videos, etc. and Ubuntu - I want to minimise writing to the SDD as much as possible - but it will mean wiping the HDD and resizing the disk to create larger partitions for both Docs and Ubuntu.

I haven't been able to find anything specific to what I'm looking for and need advice on how to create a new dual boot system, and would greatly appreciate any help.

Thanks in advance.


It's pretty much the same as your previous configuration. The easy way to do this is to install Windows to the blank SSD without the hard drive connected, then plug the hard drive back in, create your windows partition, then install Ubuntu, selecting to install on the free space of the hard drive.

  • Hah, seems so simple! I presume it's then just a matter of copying over backed up Ubuntu files and programs from the external hd? – Idzz May 23 '15 at 18:50

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