Posted 09 September 2009 - 12:45 PM
Thanks for the links -- I've learned a lot. And as with any effective learning, I'm a step further but I now have more questions than when I started.
Formatting happens when I partition. I did have to turn the 'unpartitioned' space into partitions. I chose two primary partitions. As far as I can tell there's no technical reason why I shouldn't have partitioned the whole drive during install, instead of doing the other partitions later. I'm not aware of any technical reasons why doing it later is bad either. So, for anyone reading this who is stuck as I was, it seems it just doesn't matter.
How a hard drive is set up is clearly a contentious thing. I'll be doing a lot more research on this.
Thanks to all who posted.