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    Hi, I just tried to install opensuse and it failed. I have a 120gb SSd half of it is occupied by a Windows partition the other half is unallocated. When I tried to install suse onto the unallocated space of the ssd it said the drive needs an EFI something or other and it didn't have one so one will be created. It then said all other partitions on this drive (my windows partitio) must be selected for deletion!

    How do I install suse without deleting my Windows partition?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Astralogic View Post
    Hi, I just tried to install opensuse and it failed. I have a 120gb SSd half of it is occupied by a Windows partition the other half is unallocated. When I tried to install suse onto the unallocated space of the ssd it said the drive needs an EFI something or other and it didn't have one so one will be created. It then said all other partitions on this drive (my windows partitio) must be selected for deletion!

    How do I install suse without deleting my Windows partition?
    What windows version is installed in your machine?
    If it is windows 7 you can probably ignore the EFI boot warning atleast
    it worked here on my side. I don't know about windows 8
    as I have no idea about it.

    What I did was i used the partitioning for expert and ignored the
    boot EFI warning. Before the installation starts and the boot configuration etc.
    was presented by the installation dvd. I reconfigured the boot EFI to use grub2
    and proceed with the installation.

    This is probably the way if you don't want to touch your existing windows os.

    As an aside.
    Please give a good information of your machine so help will be much better.
    People who do not break things first will never learn to create anything

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    Default Re: Install to SSD failed

    Do you have a EFI BIOS? Was Windows installed under UEFI or legacy (ie BIOS mode)?

    You may need to boot the install in legacy mode rather then EFI mode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by conram View Post
    What windows version is installed in your machine?
    If it is windows 7 you can probably ignore the EFI boot warning atleast
    it worked here on my side. I don't know about windows 8
    as I have no idea about it.

    What I did was i used the partitioning for expert and ignored the
    boot EFI warning. Before the installation starts and the boot configuration etc.
    was presented by the installation dvd. I reconfigured the boot EFI to use grub2
    and proceed with the installation.

    This is probably the way if you don't want to touch your existing windows os.

    As an aside.
    Please give a good information of your machine so help will be much better.
    I don't know how to do that :/

    Quote Originally Posted by gogalthorp View Post
    Do you have a EFI BIOS? Was Windows installed under UEFI or legacy (ie BIOS mode)?

    You may need to boot the install in legacy mode rather then EFI mode.
    It's Windows 8. I do have EFI bios and Windows was installed while that was active (didn't know you could go back to the old bios). And I don't know how to do that either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Astralogic View Post
    I don't know how to do that :/



    It's Windows 8. I do have EFI bios and Windows was installed while that was active (didn't know you could go back to the old bios). And I don't know how to do that either.
    Hi,
    I found a screenshots of how the installer works
    http://desktoplinuxreviews.com/opens...suse-13-1-kde/
    It will give you ideas how it work.

    You have windows 8 installed sorry I haven't use that os, maybe others can help you
    in that area.
    As for booting the cd/dvd in legacy mode, in my machine, when I turn it on I will press the
    ESC key and I can choose whether to boot the cd/dvd iso in EFI and legacy mode.

    With the windows 7 before I wiped it on my machine I was not successful in installing
    openSUSE in legacy mode. I have to boot using EFI then like I said on my first post
    reconfigured grub-efi and use grub2. I can use grub-efi but I always have to press ESC
    then choose openSUSE to boot and during those time my only interest with the windows 7
    is to use it for bios upgrade then later on I wiped it on my machine.
    People who do not break things first will never learn to create anything

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    Default Re: Install to SSD failed

    Quote Originally Posted by Astralogic View Post
    It's Windows 8. I do have EFI bios and Windows was installed while that was active (didn't know you could go back to the old bios). And I don't know how to do that either.
    You don't specifically say it, but I assume W8(.1?) was preinstalled on this computer?

    If yes, you do have UEFI booting enabled and your disk is GPT formatted. Also, SecureBoot is enabled unless you changed it yourself (which is trivial - changing from UEFI/GPT to CMS/MBR requires more effort and a W8.x installation DVD). This is a fine starting point for a dual-boot installation with Linux.

    If no, you have whatever environment you chose for W8.x to have when you installed it. In that case, you should inform us of what you selected. Then we can take it from there.

    The remainder of my suggestion is based on that W8.x was preinstalled, and that you have not made any particular confiuration changes afterwards.

    ----

    If you have W8, you can see my how-to here: https://forums.opensuse.org/showthre...linux-uefi-etc. There, openSUSE 12.3 is the target, but the difference from openSUSE 13.1 isn't significant when it comes to installing. The instruction would be as in the how-to: Follow the manual . However, with 13.1 there is no need to check a "SecureBoot" item - 13.1 detects SecureBoot by itself.


    If you have W8.1, you should see this comment before looking up the how-to above: https://forums.opensuse.org/showthre...nsuse-13-1-a#5

    I do not cover SSD specifically in either of these, but it should not pose any problems as such. Nor do I cover using more than a single disk (SSDs often appear in pair with an ordinary HD or as a HD cache in laptops). By itself, none of these should pose any problems, but your setup may still introduce items that need attention. Let us know if that appears to be the case.
    SSD optimization in Linux can be done afterwards, but I have no SSD myself and thus no experience in that area. There are threads in this forum covering SSDs already, and you may look them up. If you do not find anything you can use, open a new thread after (a presumably successful) installation.

    Read through all of it, then see if you can make it work. Let us know how it works out.

    Good luck!


    dayfinger

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    On Tue 28 Jan 2014 01:46:02 PM CST, dayfinger wrote:


    Astralogic;2619941 Wrote:
    > It's Windows 8. I do have EFI bios and Windows was installed while
    > that was active (didn't know you could go back to the old bios). And
    > I don't know how to do that either.

    You don't specifically say it, but I assume W8(.1?) was preinstalled on
    this computer?

    If yes, you do have UEFI booting enabled and your disk is GPT formatted.
    Also, SecureBoot is enabled unless you changed it yourself (which is
    trivial - changing from UEFI/GPT to CMS/MBR requires more effort and a
    W8.x installation DVD). This is a fine starting point for a dual-boot
    installation with Linux.

    If no, you have whatever environment you chose for W8.x to have when you
    installed it. In that case, you should inform us of what you selected.
    Then we can take it from there.

    The remainder of my suggestion is based on that W8.x was preinstalled,
    and that you have not made any particular confiuration changes
    afterwards.

    ----

    If you have W8, you can see my how-to here: http://tinyurl.com/la4dt6p.
    There, openSUSE 12.3 is the target, but the difference from openSUSE
    13.1 isn't significant when it comes to installing. The instruction
    would be as in the how-to: Follow the manual . However, with 13.1
    there is no need to check a "SecureBoot" item - 13.1 detects SecureBoot
    by itself.


    If you have W8.1, you should see this comment before looking up the
    how-to above: http://tinyurl.com/m2s7uns

    I do not cover SSD specifically in either of these, but it should not
    pose any problems as such. Nor do I cover using more than a single disk
    (SSDs often appear in pair with an ordinary HD or as a HD cache in
    laptops). By itself, none of these should pose any problems, but your
    setup may still introduce items that need attention. Let us know if that
    appears to be the case.
    SSD optimization in Linux can be done afterwards, but I have no SSD
    myself and thus no experience in that area. There are threads in this
    forum covering SSDs already, and you may look them up. If you do not
    find anything you can use, open a new thread after (a presumably
    successful) installation.

    Read through all of it, then see if you can make it work. Let us know
    how it works out.

    Good luck!


    dayfinger


    Hi
    If it's Windows 8, then if you don't upgrade now to 8.1 before the
    windows install, then install openSUSE, then try to upgrade to 8.1 it
    will fail and/or corrupt the openSUSE install since it creates an
    update partition.....


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    Hi,

    Quote Originally Posted by Astralogic View Post
    Hi, I just tried to install opensuse and it failed. I have a 120gb SSd half of it is occupied by a Windows partition the other half is unallocated.
    How did you arrive at that ?
    I wonder !

    Quote Originally Posted by Astralogic View Post
    When I tried to install suse onto the unallocated space of the ssd it said the drive needs an EFI something or other and it didn't have one so one will be created.
    Which installation media have you been using ?
    A live system, or the 64bit installer DVD ?

    Good luck
    Mike

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    Hi Malcolm !

    Quote Originally Posted by malcolmlewis View Post
    Hi
    If it's Windows 8, then if you don't upgrade now to 8.1 before the
    windows install, then install openSUSE, then try to upgrade to 8.1 it
    will fail and/or corrupt the openSUSE install since it creates an
    update partition.....
    Really bad news !

    Mike

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    On Tue 28 Jan 2014 09:46:01 PM CST, ratzi wrote:


    Hi Malcolm !

    malcolmlewis;2620061 Wrote:
    > Hi
    > If it's Windows 8, then if you don't upgrade now to 8.1 before the
    > windows install, then install openSUSE, then try to upgrade to 8.1 it
    > will fail and/or corrupt the openSUSE install since it creates an
    > update partition.....


    Really bad news !

    Mike


    Hi
    Yup, been there done that, plus didn't have a big enough partition
    selected was only 80GB.... so the op has a 120GB, would be wise to do
    this first, then shrink it down with the windows tools.

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