Once again I'm way over my head. I know you can open and modify files on a different partition in a windows computer. The one where I worked was set up that way. I've looked online and here for tutorials to explain it so a dummy like myself can understand and do it, til I'm crosseyed. Thanks to rburkartjo, and his cheesemaker thread, I'm going crazy. I've been trying the operating systems he lists there, and making new partitions til I can decide which I want. I currently have 3 partitions of 125GB and 87GB unallocated. When I get all my files put back on my old XP with dual core, 2 Gh speed, and 2 GB ram I will have about 85 GB of files, mostly music and pictures, some maps, etc. I am wanting to take about 20GB from an empty partition and put it with the unallocated, but then I will be nearly out of hard drive. I have read where it is a good idea to keep your files on a separate partition so if your os goes down you will still have them. I want to keep my Mint Cinnamon os and desktop, and my zorin mate os and desktop. I have makulu, manjaro, and fedora downloaded to check out, all from that blessed cheesemaker thread, I've tried 3 others which I decided for one reason or another not to keep. But I either need at least 125GB per partition to be useable, or to learn how to set up the computer with the files on a different partition. By the way how many partitions can I have? I seem to remember somewhere 4 is the limit, but I'm wrong a lot (my wife says so all the time). Any help setting this up, or finding the information will be greatly appreciated.
I do like that thread (cheesemaker) and read it all the time, but if he comes up with another good os, I don't know what I'm gonna do, as 4 with the files on each is more than I can handle. And I have 2 on and 3 more I want to try. I goofed with lubuntu and erased the whole computer as it couldn't see any partitions (I think that was my problem). When I try to install manjaro, it can only read one partition while I'm installing it, and I don't want to have to start at the beginning again. Thanks for any help on the using files on a different partition.