battyhippy gave me the idea to link this thread to the one on XP. http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/518676/how-to-partition-windows-xp/ Everything is on another computer. Since windows is throwing in the towel on XP I thought instead of tossing a good computer I'd install a linux os and learn it. I'l be having some time as I'm retiring the end of march. I've said that about a lot of things at home. My wife probably won't let me sit for a couple years til I get started catching up. Anyway, I use easeus partition manager, ( mini tool, paragon, and one other didn't work for me), just followed directions ( hadn't tried to format as I thought that was in the DVD, nor did anything with bios)knew I'd forget something. It was simple really, I opened the program, it scanned my computer, then I drug the left side of the hard drive picture in the program to 200,000mb of unallocated space in the hard drive, clicked ok, then clicked apply, then it restarted and in about an hour and a half to two hrs it was finished and I had that screen. No error messages came up installin mint, as the DVD player wouldn't run. I have a list of all the programs I still had on that computer, I took a lot off I rarely used (gonna put them on my new computer so I made the list). I think I'm in the run mode, maybe even disk part, but not sure what command to give. I really thought when it restarted it would not be in the unallocated part of the hard drive. I left 267gb (I think) in the C drive with over 100gb unused. I had it mostly cleaned out for my new computer, but wanted to save files for the programs which wouldn't install on windows 8.1. I didn't want to run linux from a CD, because I know I'd just be on the xp side of the computer all the time doing what I partially know how to do. I really considered downloading knoppix, but knew I am mentally lazy. Have I answered all the questions? I forgot to add, I have not made a second hard drive yet.
Edited by heyyou325, 27 December 2013 - 11:55 AM.