Satellite U940 PSU6VA - Dual boot with Ubuntu based distributions

_ * My specifications: * _
* Model: * Toshiba Ultrabook (Satellite PSU6VA - 00S 002 U940)
* Operating system: * Windows 8.1 x 64 (upgrade of Windows 8 x 64)

I would like to set up my computer to dual boot with Windows 8.1 (x 64) and Zorin OS 9.1 (64-bit).

ZORIN OS is a derivative of Ubuntu which maintains a binary compatibility with Ubuntu i.e. Ubuntu and Zorin use the same drivers and can run the same applications. John Damascene is more or less just Ubuntu with a different desktop environment and some additional preinstalled applications.

So far, I know that I need to disable the QuickStart Windows 8.1. What I have to do something else (for example disable Secure Boot, CSM, etc.)?

In addition, my Ultrabook comes with 2 hard drives: 500 GB HARD drive and a 30 GB SSD. Windows uses the HARD disk for storage and for implementing SSD caching, through technology Intel Rapid Storage Technology. Is it possible to set up John of Damascus to do so (preferably without disabling caching on Windows)?

NOTE: I prefer to do things using graphical interfaces, rather than the CLI. I don't mind given CLI instructions; also just showed me the GUI equivalents if possible. I use the CLI if there is no alternative.

Post edited by: Justinian

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Hello

See my responses / comments among your questions (I took part of your message and inserted here):

So far, I know that I need to disable the QuickStart Windows 8.1. What I have to do something else (for example disable Secure Boot, CSM, etc.)?

Answer: If you want to dual-boot, do NOT select WSC as preventing Windows to start.
You shouldn't have to disable startup secure either, but I can't promise that. I think that Ubuntu 14 has support for secure boot.

In addition, my Ultrabook comes with 2 hard drives: 500 GB HARD drive and a 30 GB SSD. Windows uses the HARD disk for storage and for implementing SSD caching, through technology Intel Rapid Storage Technology. Is it possible to set up John of Damascus to do so (preferably without disabling caching on Windows)?

Answer: No, I don't think that there is a way to use the SSD in Zorin without making it unusable for Windows.
Suggestion - let it be.

Tom BR

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