Thanks for the ideas. I'll report back after I look at the hard drive and it's contents.
Okay, I am a newb also so take this as just my uneducated opinion, but this is what I would do for now, so that you will have some info for members to look at. In Linux go to menu then type in gparted, if I understand right you might not have it, I forget if it comes with Cinnamon. If you don't go to the Software Manager on menu list under "System" open and put in your password, then type gparted and when it shows double click and download it. Be careful in gparted as you can delete and whatever else you want in this utility. Once it comes up you can see in the upper right hand corner one of your partitions. You can click on this to see if there are any others available to view. Then from here you can take a screen shot. Go to menu> Accessories>and about four down you will see the Screenshot tool, well this is in Mate but you will find it. Or just menu and type in screenshot. You will have to publish it first to download to B.C. forums of course. I would imagine they will want to see this but maybe not.
Also, did you Defrag before your install? you should do this when installing.
I would think that Windows still has plenty to use with that partition but you could have made the Linux partition a little smaller if you are just testing the waters. At the same time, XP is a sinking ship so this might be just the right size partition for LMC17 as I believe the tool is quite smart, smarter than me lol.
Not that it matters right now, but you should check the md5sum of the ISO also after downloading and before installing. I believe you can do this by right clicking on the ISO and choosing the md5sum checker in LMC17, but, you probably did this in XP, so just a Note really for next time. There are tools that you can get to do this in windows at dowload.net or your favorite download site.
Edited by pcpunk, 04 August 2014 - 07:33 PM.