hi! well, ive partitioned my ssd and am looking at other distros (cause it is fun! wink!) and what i find is that i cant often reboot from one to the other; they dont often want to start up correctly.
at this point ive even borked my boot partition and it knows about my original garuda but can NOT boot into it (cant find the kernel?!?).
so, today ill be looking around on how to "restore" that vs my garuda install particularly (im assuming the "normal" routine of usb/chroot/etc will fix it).
ive tried the following in the last 24hrs: endeavour os (wouldnt boot), pop!_os (installed, unstable), opensuse (installed, running, discord dies though discord is acting weird on my phone right now so...), and of course garuda on the 2nd/new partition.
1 thing i find interesting is that they ALL mess with the boot partition/loader and make it "theirs" instead of what i would consider playing nice and just adding themselves as a 2nd OS to boot to. this is why i think opensuse borked things as i cant boot back to my original garuda.
anyway, some of what i do is self-inflicted but it is interesting how much linux still isnt as stable as windows (barf but true....)
You just have to specify that the EFI partition should be mounted but not formatted during the installation. It sounds like you are allowing it to be formatted, which will destroy any data currently sitting on the EFI partition.
I heartily disagree. Nothing is more needlessly destructive to a perfectly fine EFI partition than Windows.