I currently have two Samsung EVO ~500GB NVMe drives running Windows 10 in RAID-0. I would like to remove the RAID-0 configuration and use one of the disks for Ubuntu 18.04 while the other disk remains on Windows 10. I have backed up my files, so the Windows 10 will be a clean install. I still need the same license key, however.
Is the following procedure correct?
- Download Windows 10 and Ubuntu ISO files
- Create two installation media drives, each with the appropriate ISO.
- Restart the PC and boot into the BIOS to the delete RAID configuration.
- Shutdown and unplug one of the SSDs
- Boot from Windows 10 USB and do a clean installation.
- After Windows has been installed; shutdown and reconnect the other SSD
- boot from the Ubuntu USB
- Install onto the now-connected SSD
From the list above, I have a few questions:
- From step 1, I know where to get an ISO for Ubuntu, but I’ve only seen cracked versions of Windows. Is there a specific place to get a legitimate Windows 10 ISO?
- From step 3; How do I delete the RAID configuration? Will there be an option to delete it, and do I then also have to switch to another disk configuration, e.g., IDE or SATA?
Your license key will automatically be detected, once installed, Windows will already be activated. – Ramhound Mar 6 '17 at 21:15
- From step 5 and the quote above; How do I ensure that my Windows 10 license is retained? How does it determine what my license key is with one of the original disks being ‘missing’?
ALSO, if this is an NVMe drive, make sure to get the correct RST drivers from intel. Otherwise, Windows will not recognize the drives. - BillyBob Mar 9 '17 at 6:20
- From the quote above, I’m not sure I understand this yet. When do I install these RST drivers, since my drives are both NVMes? Does this happen before, after, or during the Windows installation?
- From step 8, how will I now identify which of my two drives is the correct one to install onto? Do I have to disconnect the other drive with Windows 10 on before trying to install Ubuntu?
Any further advice would be appreciated. It’s my first time dealing with RAID configurations, and I want it to go smoothly.