slampy wrote:I'm fairly new to this, but I have installed linux on an extra HDD before. this time I want to use my main drive which already has windows xp installed on it. how can I partition some space on my windows drive without messing up my windows installation, so that I can install sabayon on there, too? If I use Gparted, will that allow me to do such a thing without messing up my windows intsall?
What I do on a 'standard' PC i.e. one with Windows already installed, with only one hard drive and only one partition, is this:
1. Leave the existing partion (C:\) alone.
2.* Create a new partition and format it as FAT32 (Windows will automatically name this as D:\)
3. Create a new partition (at least 12GB for Sabayon) but DO NOT format it.
4. Install Sabayon and during the install select the option "use existing free space on drive".
5. Have a beer!
All the above (except No.5) can be done with Gparted using the live CD.
*The reason for item 2 is that this partition can be shared (read AND write) between Windows and Linux.
Many people create all sorts of extra partitions for /home /bin etc but personally I have never found any real benefit in doing that. My philosophy is to keep the number of partiions as few as possible.