I have another really newbie Linux question/problem so please don’t laugh.
I’m dealing with an old Dell desktop that is running Windows XP. I need to keep XP for various programs I need, but I am also aware of the obvious security issues. The Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor revealed too many issues with some of my existing hardware, so, I decided the next best answer was to try dual-booting Linux next to XP. My first issue was that the system was setup with 2 SATA I, 160 gig drives in a RAID 0 configuration. I have read many places that Linux doesn’t like Windows RAID, so after a considerable amount of time and work, I did the following:
I removed the two SATA I drives and I replaced them with a single SATA III, 1TB drive.
I successfully restored my image to the new drive, and I removed the RAID drivers.
I successfully aligned the XP image to the new drive’s 4K format.
I resized the new partition to approximately 500 gig to allow ample room for Linux.
The computer now boots and works great, and I have decided on Linux Mint MATE for my system. My problem is this . . . every time I am ready to click on the “Install Linux” button, I chicken out! I already have 3 existing partitions, and I don’t know exactly what Linux will do to them. I intentionally left 500 gig of unallocated space on the drive, so will Linux use that space and partition it? I thought a drive can only have 4 partitions, but as I understand it, Linux will create 2 or 3 new ones . . . i.e., Swap, Boot and Home.
As usual I am terribly confused. Would one of you Linux experts please explain what I need to do now?
Thank you very much!
Side note: Although my system only supports SATA II, the new non-RAID drive seems to run almost as well as the old SATA I RAID 0 setup. The trade will be worth it if I can accomplish what I want to do.