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Dual-boot ChromeOS & Linux on C720 - HOW?

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Hi all

I have an Acer C720-3445 (NX.SHEAA.019) with Intel Core i3-4005U Dual Core 1.7 GHz., 4 GB RAM, and 32 GB M.2 SATA SSD. I have also just bought a MyDigitalSSD SuperBoot2 SATA III, 128GB (p/n MDM242-SB2-0128).

My plan is to have it dual-boot ChromeOS and Linux, although I haven’t decided which distro yet (elementeryOS, LXLE, Lubuntu, ?).

I am NOT a seasoned Linux geek, and I’m a complete newbie in ChromeOS, so please be gentle with me <grin>.

I am looking for verification of the following sequence of actions:

  1. Backup ChromeOS (twice) to SD cards or USB thumb drives.
  2. Replace the 32GB with the 128GB SSD and remove the write protect screw.
  3. Flash the BIOS ( vs. ?)
  4. Partition the 128GB (How? During Linux install?)
  5. Restore ChromeOS and then install Linux (or should it be the other way round?)

Any advice is welcome. I don’t want to start until I’m comfortable with my written instructions.
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Hello! I signed up so that I could (perhaps) answer your questions. Are you still seeking assistance? I have multiple Chromebooks and Chromeboxes, most of which I have modified in some way, and documented along the way -- so I may be able to help. :)
Look on youtube. Ther are at least a dozen video on the subject.
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