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Re: Boxed W8/W10 PC; must anything be done, first, to enable dual-bootable later?

On 09/26/2015 08:03 AM, Ron Leach wrote:
On 22/09/2015 02:30, David Christensen wrote:
On 09/19/2015 05:17 AM, Eike Lantzsch wrote:
First of all I'd do a complete disk image
Do this before you boot Windows for the first time.
I typically use 'dd' and/or 'gzip', as they are included in the rescue
tools on Debian installation media.
I'm part way there.  I can boot into a live Debian, but Debian doesn't
see the SDD HD; the only (meaningful?) entry in /dev is +sda (my boot
USB / live Debian stick), followed by -sg0.  Parted 'Print Devices' only
lists '/dev/sda'.  dmesg does not record any other device. ...
[1] HP Stream 11 Notebook PC

The computer specifications indicate:

    Storage	32 GB eMMC

Here is information on eMMC devices:



I assume that the eMMC device is soldered onto the motherboard. That precludes removing the device, put it into another computer, and having your way with it...

So, you need to find a live CD/ USB stick that includes support for eMMC -- e.g. according to Intel, a Linux kernel with the mmc_block module.

One trick I've found useful is to install Debian onto a USB flash drive instead of a HDD/ SSD/ SSHD. (I prefer SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 flash drives for their compact size, low cost, and decent speed.) This can be done on any computer with suitable BIOS, CD, DVD, and/or USB capabilities. I can then put the USB live drive into any machine that supports booting/ running from USB and get most of the functionality of a regular Debian system.


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