Linux (Ubuntu) on Optibay MBP Early '11

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by sleepytimemike, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. sleepytimemike macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2012
    I have a Macbook Pro Early 2011 with dual drives via an Optibay. I am running Lion OS off my SSD which is currently in the main drive bay and the original 500GB HDD is in the Optibay drive. I am interested in dual booting by putting Ubuntu on the HDD in the Optibay slot. Is this possible through simply installing Linux on the HDD and choosing that drive when booting my system or do I need to use boot camp somehow to accomplish this?
  2. cookiesnfooty macrumors 6502


    Jul 1, 2009
    I would recommend you install rEFIt from here

    This gives you a boot menu choice I found that to be easier than loading bootcamp.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Its possible but I definitely recommend you review the documentation, wiki and information found over on the ubuntu site. Not to scare you away but rather get the information for you to do this.

    I was able to install Ubuntu on my laptop, but I also have seen people create a triple boot, i.e., OSX, windows and Linux.

    rEfit was one of the things you need to help you achieve this
  4. sleepytimemike thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2012
    Great, thanks guys. I read all the documentation and decided to just use a live CD so that I can have the flexibility of using Ubuntu on multiple computers.

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