[ltp] Advice on UEFI vs. BIOS

Bert Haskins linux-thinkpad@linux-thinkpad.org
Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:01:36 -0400

On 6/16/2014 1:02 PM, Jochen Spieker wrote:
> Jochen Spieker:
>> Anyway, I plan to re-use my existing SSD (128GB Samsung 840 Pro) which
>> is currently formatted using a traditional partition table. That's why I
>> ordered my X240 with the cheapest disk option available, a 500GB
>> spinning disk. Could you please verify whether my assumptions are
>> correct?
> What I did in the end was roughly as follows:
> - Boot Windows to update BIOS and disable caching on the m.2 disk.
> - Disable Secure Boot in BIOS.
> - Install Debian to m.2 disk using a recent testing installer with
>    firmware.
> - Shrink Windows NTFS partition so that everything fits nicely into
>    ~100GB and move everything to the start of the disk.
> - dd from hard disk to the SSD until ENOSPACE occurs.
> - Fix backup GPT using gdisk expert mode (gdisk /dev/sdX, x, e, w).
> Windows still boots nicely. I just don't know whether the 15-20GB of
> recovery partitions still actually work.
In my experience less than 50% of the recovery partitions ever worked 
IMHO this was one of the worst cons ever dumped on consumers...
but it did make for the sale of a lot! of full retail price copies of 
With friends like windows, you don't need any enemies.

> J.