Bootable Stick using Rufus creates 2 boot partitions?

Hey, I am pretty new to Garuda Linux.
I created a bootable stick using rufus on windows 10.
All worked well, till i saw 2 instead of just 1 more boot-options in the uefi boot menu.

By default there is only windows, but when the stick is plugged in i have:

  • Windows
  • USB
  • USB 2

Both do the same thing, starting Garuda in live mode. I cannot spot any difference.

But why are there 2 partitions?

The first is for legacy installs and the second for UEFI.


So it doesn't really matter what I choose?
Or am I missing any software / driver when I choose the legacy method?

If Windows uses UEFI, choose UEFI. If Windows uses BIOS, choose Non-UEFI (BIOS) entry.

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What happens if I use the exact opposite?

If you are still confused you are not ready for an arch based distro.


Ur screwed then, because windwoes doesn't allow BIOS/GPT or UEFI/MBR. The UEFI spec supports it but windwoes doesn't

  • Installer may refuse to install
  • Installer may fail
  • Installer may not detect Windows

When you reach "partitioning" stage of installer, you will see your boot mode (BIOS or UEFI) and partition table of your disk. (MBR or GPT) If your boot mode is BIOS and is partition table MBR, you can proceed. If your boot mode is UEFI and your partition table is GPT, you can proceed.
Before installing, shrink the Windows partition within Windows, using Linux for that may make Windows unbootable.


Reason? Windwoes annoyingly places its Master File Table (MFT) at the END of the disk.

Windoze is smart enough to move it from within itself, but when Linux does it, it's unaware
of the MFT and therefore doesn't care. Which results in a Windows Boot Manager (WBM) error.

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