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If you can select the OS to boot, then it means you are going past a bootloader, so resuming from disk, not from RAM. The scenario you describe isn't possible with suspend to RAM.


Suspend may be to RAM and/or to disk. If you suspend and can boot another OS, than for sure you have suspended to disk. If you close the lid of a laptop and then on reopen can work almost immediately then you probably had a suspend to RAM, but this doesn't allow you to boot another OS (as the OS suspended this way immediately reactivates). The suspend to ...


since you only use the secondary hdd for backup, I would suggest telling fstab not to mount the drive automatically and to make a backup script that mounts the drive, makes the backup and unmounts the drive again. example of the fstab line with the noauto option: /dev/sdb1 /media/backup ext4 user,noauto 0 0 bash script for the backup would than begin ...

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