5 Replies Latest reply: Jul 2, 2013 3:13 PM by ImipolexG
CdnBook Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

Hi everyone,

 

I've been trying to find a hassle-free way of running Ubuntu temporarily on my late 2011, MacBookPro8,2. What I want to do is... remove the computer's current ssd... put in an alternate ssd... install Ubuntu on the alternate drive... and then just swap the drives depending on what OS I want to run.

 

I typically work in FCPX, but need to run the Kdenlive video editor on Ubuntu for a small project I'm working on. I don't really want to get too complicated with extra partitions, dual bootups, or virtual machines. I just want to be able to swap in an alternate drive with Ubuntu on it when needed. No fuss, no muss.

 

Though I can't seem to find anyone online doing what I want to do... ie, they're either booting from usb, extra partitions, etc, or some other complicated setup.

 

Can I just swap the computer's drives, then install Ubuntu on the second drive and be good to go without any harm to my MacBook Pro or OSX on the other drive (which wouldn't be connected when Ubuntu is running)?

 

Thanks in advance for any guidance!

  • 1. Re: Running Ubuntu on a MacBook Pro...
    BobTheFisherman Level 6 Level 6 (10,970 points)

    You say you are looking for a "hassle-free" way to run Ubuntu. The most hassle-free way is to use a virtual machine line Parallels, Fusion, or VirtualBox. Your proposed way is definately not the most "hassle-free" way.

  • 2. Re: Running Ubuntu on a MacBook Pro...
    steve359 Level 6 Level 6 (12,040 points)

    I installed VirtualBox, then used the Ubunto install disk into VirtualBox ... easy peasy

  • 3. Re: Running Ubuntu on a MacBook Pro...
    Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)

    Honestly swapping drive is about the hardest thing to do. That is if you keep putting the bottom back on after you take it off and switch out the drives. What a Pain in the Gluteus Maximus. Better to jst use an external USB drive to load Ubuntu on and then you can bot back and forth, yes Dula boot but that is what you are talking about anyway. And with your plan you have to Switch out the drives!!!!

     

     

    Waht is wrong with a Virtual Machine? Then you can run both OSs at the same time switch ing back and forth with a Key Press. Not screwdrivers and cable to unplug and replug.

     

    Whatever.

     

    Good Luck and Best Wishes.

     

    EDIT:

     

    In forgot to add.

    If you want to run Ubuntu Hassle Free get a Windows PC notebook. You can install it on there without even breaking a sweat. then you can run both at the same time.

  • 4. Re: Running Ubuntu on a MacBook Pro...
    CdnBook Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Why?

     

    - Because when I'm editing/ rendering lots of HD video everyday, I don't want to share system resources between virtual machines... I want the entire system's resources devoted to what I'm doing.

     

    - I don't want to spend anymore money than I have to in order to buy one of the faster virtual systems. Not to mention, I've had a bad experience with Parralels in the past and I'd rather not use one again.

     

    - I really don't want to clutter up my system anymore than I have to for a project that's only going to take a few weeks.

     

    - I don't mind swapping hard drives... it takes two minutes, and I have an empty ssd just sitting on the shelf.

     

    So, back to my original question. Can I just swap the computer's drives, then install Ubuntu on the second drive and be good to go without any harm to my MacBook Pro or OSX on the other drive (which wouldn't be connected when Ubuntu is running)?

     

    Thanks.

  • 5. Re: Running Ubuntu on a MacBook Pro...
    ImipolexG Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    That should work fine, as I'm sure you know by now.

     

    One of my biggest beefs with support communities/forums is that often the "experts" won't answer the question you ask because the solution they've chosen doesn't match what you're trying to do. Often I don't read forums because of that -- they just waste my time. In this case, though, they answered my question but not yours. Nevertheless, I felt bad for you that nobody answered your simple question: will doing this hurt my system.

     

    Regards