Hello, first day user of Linux. With WinXP support ending next year, I am debating just using Linux on my current hardware (built in 2004) or building a new computer to run Win 7. I don't have a problem with the performance of my machine, and it runs great. Mainly used for surfing web, email and photoshop.
My Windows setup is a dual HD system. My 80 gig contains the OS and program files; the 500 gig contains my family's user profiles, and other data such as our photos and music.
I want to install Linux alongside WinXP so I unmount the HD during the setup when it asks. However, when giving me a choice to select a drive and configure the partition, it only alows me to select space on the 500 gig drive. I would like to keep with my current system of haveing the OS physically separate from the data, in case the OS drive malfunctions. How do I get the setup to allow me this option? If I open the Computer icon in Linux, it shows both of the drives in there. Hope I made sense. And thanks ahead of time!