How to boot from USB on Asus TUF A17

sda1 is your C drive.

I think, again, it would be better to steer you toward a Guide- I am no expert on dealing with Windows…
Not anymore, at least.

On step 5 - it covers Multiple hard drives.

thank you…here I read they say to use “Install Ubuntu alongside Windows 10” then “to decide which hard drive you’d like to install Ubuntu”

what is the difference with the other way to install I tried
before "“something else” ?

The “something else” option gives you full control over the installation, formatting,partitions and destination. The “Install Alondside of” option is essentially the same except that it is automated and you do not have as much control.
If you want to separate partitions or install home directory on a different partition than the boot or if you want to resize a partition before installing, then the “something else” is the way to go.

thks…then will try the along side…seems way much more easy…

…mmmm…no option to select the 2nd SSD…when using “Install Zorin alongside Windows 10” I only have the “Install Ubuntu alongside Windows 10 Boot Manager” located in my 3rd SSD (the one with the data)…I cannot select the one I want and do not even see c:…

For a supposed linux version for beginners I do not understand it cannot be done more accessible for the installation.
Without any clear and complete info I will need to give up. I cannot afford to mess up my W10.

…any idea…? Why does my 2nd SSD is not listed in “Install Ubuntu alongside Windows 10 Boot Manager”…?

@arkhane You are wanting to install Zorin on a second drive not alongside Windows on same drive. So I believe the “install alongside” method is not for you, although it appears the easy option. The “something else” method as advised by @Aravisian gives you full control of disks and partitions.

Also this item may be of interest: https://askubuntu.com/questions/629750/installing-ubuntu-on-second-hard-drive

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Yes, he mentioned that it did show sdb in the “something else” option in the other post.
I believe that is where the OP’s confusion is- Linux does not refer to C: drive and E:drive as Windows does. It is more physical, referring to sda1 or sda2 or sdb1 and so on.
To make this less confusion, just check the manufacturer and size of the drive, then compare that against the drive listed as sdb - if they match and you have only two drives, you know that you are good to go on that drive.

so…let’s take the following scenario:

I physically remove the 2 SSDs (1 W10 and 1 data).
I let only the remaining entirely free SSD.

Then I proceed to the install of Zorin on this 3rd SSD.

at that time I imagine I will not need to use “something else” but will need more “erase disk and install Zorin”…correct?

Then I will physically reinstall the 2 other SSDs…at that time is their anything to do ?
What will be the bootloader at that time? Grub or MBR? Which one will you recommend and for what reason?

Then imagine that later for some reason I want to get rid of Zorin without removing the SSD…what will I need to do at that time?

Thank you to provide clear and complete information. We are not all linux expert.

…no one to take care of this…?

Yes, you can remove the Windows drive and install Zorin on the other drive. Then, reconnect the Windows drive, but boot into Zorin. In the Zorin OS; open a terminal and run

sudo update grub

before trying to boot Windows.

BUT- you do not NEED to remove the Windows drive to install and since I believe you said this is a Notebook PC, you may prefer to not disassemble the Notebook. In this case, with both drives connected, boot into your USB copy of Zorin and choose the installer.
You will need to choose the “Something Else” method. This will open a disk manager, within which you can choose sdb as your installation drive. You can ensure that the sdb you choose is the HDD and not the USB Stick by looking at its Size.

I cannot install Windows on a drive and then install Zorin on another in order to create and post helpful screenshots. I have also tried searching the web for a similar guide that has screenshots, but have come up empty handed.

Another option may be to catch one of us online and you post pictures of your screen as you go so we can confirm or verify the next step as you go through the steps to ensure everything goes smoothly.

thks. Let me see and revert back.

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I have an Asus (notebook?) with 3 SSDs

  1. with Windows 10, 512 GB Micron 2210 PCIe NVMe
  2. one free for Zorin 128 GB Patriot PCIe NVMe
  3. data 2 TB Samsung 860 EVO 2.5 inch

here is what I see in the “something else” option

and here in the “Device for boot loader”

I want to have Zorin on the full disc 2 Patriot 128GB
I want W10 to be the default OS, if I want to use Zorin I must select it

I do not want Zorin to be installed on same drive as W10

if I want to uninstall Zorin I want to do it easily without disturbing W10 and wihtout if possible removing the SSD.

thank you

…so based on my understanding so far and based on my goal for the install I must choose /dev/nvme0n1 and absolutely not /dev/nvme1n1 (which seems to be c:)…nor /dev/sda which seems to be the data drive…correct?

but which one should I use?

/dev/nvme0n1 ?
/dev/nvme0n1p1 ?
/dev/nvme0n1p2 ntfs ? I imagine this one with the size?
free space ?

if I am correct with the above and based on the fact that I did only one partition I am just wondering what are the other in /dev/nvme0n1…?

I imagine that /dev/sdb is the bootable USB key with Zorin?

then…for the boot loader… I have no idea on what reason should I choose 1 drive (1 partition?) more than an another one and what implies a choice once done…

will highly appreciate clear and complete answers for all those points

thks

  1. Stay on /dev/nvme0n1 as “Device for boot loader installation”.
  2. Delete all partitions (p1, p2, etc).
  3. Read this: Partitioning during installation

thank you…what about other questions…?

Can you rewrite your questions in numbered format? I’m having a bit of difficulty following which ones are unanswered.

…so based on my understanding so far and based on my goal for the install I must choose

/dev/nvme0n1 and absolutely not /dev/nvme1n1 (which seems to be c:)…nor /dev/sda which seems to be the data drive…correct?

but which one should I use?

/dev/nvme0n1 ?
/dev/nvme0n1p1 ?
/dev/nvme0n1p2 ntfs ? I imagine this one with the size?
free space ?

if I am correct with the above and based on the fact that I did only one partition I am just wondering what are the other in /dev/nvme0n1…?

I imagine that /dev/sdb is the bootable USB key with Zorin?

then…for the boot loader… I have no idea on what reason should I choose 1 drive (1 partition?) more than an another one and what implies a choice once done…

will highly appreciate clear and complete answers for all those points

  1. Correct.
  2. Answered in Q1. /dev/nvme0n1
  3. Partitions on /dev/nvme0n1
  4. I don’t know what key you’re referring to. If you mean the installation medium, then it may be. If the only 3.9 GB drive you have is the USB you’re using to install Zorin then it would be so.
  5. Since you already have Windows on another drive, I recommend using: https://neosmart.net/EasyBCD/ - run this from Windows and you can set boot priority from there.
    As for Zorin, you still need to install grub, and that will be on /dev/nvme0n1
    For more details, I recommend Partitioning during installation
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