First I would like to thank you for the great content you have here on It’s FOSS! super amazing! I just recently became an Ubuntu fan (you helped alot), and i started using Ubuntu as my main OS on my laptop and I am fully enjoying it. however on my office PC I can’t install Ubuntu as the only OS due to the fact that I am a data scientist and I use Microsoft Excel and Power BI extensively.
I was thinking of doing a dual boot but I don’t want to take away storage from my main hard drive and I read that sometimes while Windows updates it can erase the Ubuntu installation, so I was thinking of buying a USB stick and designate it as the hard drive for the Ubuntu installation, I saw some posts about creating a bootable USB with persistent storage but I want something more.
My question to you is as follows:
Is it possible to set a USB to be formatted as a valid hard drive partition for Ubuntu while securing that Windows shouldn’t try to reformat it during updates? and doing the above, will it be possible to access the files from Windows (and vice versa)?
if yes can you please help me?
Thanks! and keep posting great content!
–It’s FOSS reader Sruli