for a university project I am forced to use Windows in order to use some specific software. Using a Virtual Machine has been a pain in the ass and is not really usable.
So since I got a rather new computer and don't really want to mess with my partioning of my current Manjaro only system I was wondering if I could get an external thunderbolt SSD and plugplay it with my hardware.
Has anyone advice or experiance in this area? I heard that its possible but you might run into issues such as grub doesn't allow manjaro to boot if the external ssd is missing for example.
I'd be interested in your opinions on the successrate of such an approach.
Also if you should come to the conclusion that it probably will work out, I'd be interesed in hardware suggestions (I'm based in germany).
Here my inxi
inxi -Fxzc0 System: Host: workstation Kernel: 4.19.69-1-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 9.1.0 Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.16.4 Distro: Manjaro Linux Machine: Type: Laptop System: Dell product: XPS 13 9380 v: N/A serial: <filter> Mobo: Dell model: 0KTW76 v: A00 serial: <filter> UEFI: Dell v: 1.7.0 date: 08/05/2019 Battery: ID-1: BAT0 charge: 44.2 Wh condition: 46.1/52.0 Wh (89%) model: LGC-LGC6.73 DELL H754V8B status: Charging CPU: Topology: Quad Core model: Intel Core i7-8565U bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Kaby Lake rev: B L2 cache: 8192 KiB flags: avx avx2 lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 31880 Speed: 4180 MHz min/max: 400/4600 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 4180 2: 4106 3: 4367 4: 4449 5: 4288 6: 4241 7: 4035 8: 4379 Graphics: Device-1: Intel UHD Graphics 620 vendor: Dell driver: i915 v: kernel bus ID: 00:02.0 Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.5 driver: intel unloaded: fbdev,modesetting resolution: 3840x2160~60Hz OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics (Whiskey Lake 3x8 GT2) v: 4.5 Mesa 19.1.5 direct render: Yes Audio: Device-1: Intel Cannon Point-LP High Definition Audio vendor: Dell driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:1f.3 Sound Server: ALSA v: k4.19.69-1-MANJARO Network: Device-1: Qualcomm Atheros QCA6174 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter vendor: Bigfoot Networks Killer 1435 Wireless-AC driver: ath10k_pci v: kernel port: efa0 bus ID: 01:00.0 IF: wlan0 state: up mac: <filter> Drives: Local Storage: total: 476.94 GiB used: 109.64 GiB (23.0%) ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 model: SSDPEKKF512G8 NVMe INTEL 512GB size: 476.94 GiB Partition: ID-1: / size: 468.16 GiB used: 109.62 GiB (23.4%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 65.0 C mobo: N/A Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A Info: Processes: 226 Uptime: 48m Memory: 15.34 GiB used: 1.91 GiB (12.4%) Init: systemd Compilers: gcc: 9.1.0 Shell: bash v: 5.0.9 inxi: 3.0.36
If you think its not a viable approach I also would be ok with resizing my manjaro partition and installing windows on my main plate, but I would be in need of assistance there, the last time I tried something like that I kinda unmounted my boot partition prior to boot or smth and well I had to reinstall everything, I'ld like to avoid something like that...
Edit1: I'd be happy to list you my current partitions but I don't know the command for this, if you are interested in this please help me out.