I have Zorin OS 16 Core with XFCE on an old iMac and have it running nicely, thanks to a lot of assistance on this Forum. I have been able to get the built in DVD drive and built in webcam working well, which was pleasing. I will probably replace it with Zorin OS16 Lite when it comes out to try and lighten the load on an old CPU.
I would like to experiment with different Linux distros so plan to use my Lenovo Tiny PC for this. On it, I have Windows 10 installed on an NVME drive and a spare 240GB SSD Sata that I would like to use for a Linux distro. I need to keep the two drives totally separate as I use the Windows drive for work. My plan is to install a Linux Distro on the spare Sata drive and then enter the BIOS when I boot up in order to select whichever operating system I want to use. I think I would leave the Windows drive as the default and just choose the Linux when I want to experiment and learn.
I have some questions that I could use some advice on please:
Once I have both operating systems installed and have reconnected the Windows drive, should the Bios still be set to boot up in Windows Boot Manager by default as it is now.
Should I disconnect the Windows drive while I install Zorin / Pop OS or whatever I go for on the spare SATA drive?
Will this layout keep my Windows drive totally separate? I do not really need to access files from Windows on the Linux or vice versa as one is Business and one is leisure but had wondered about using an external USB hard drive as storage and just plugging it in when I need it. Would that work? Would I be able to access the external USB storage in either Windows or Linux?
Sorry if these are basic questions but I just want to be sure I do not compromise the Windows partition. On the plus side it would be good to get Linux on an SSD so I can see it work quicker and more smoothly.
Any advice would be appreciated.