Some time ago I referred to a difficulty in installing Mint alongside an existing working copy of Windows XP and described some problems encountered. Now that Mint 6 has been released I thought I would try again. I am delighted to see a revamped graphical display which I think is excellent.
In an earlier post I referred to Mint shrinking the existing Windows partition such that it [XP] could no longer operate. The following may better illustrate what I was describing.
This is the H/D layout of the intended recipient [Laptop] of Mint 6 as shown by Parted magic.
For this experiment I deliberately made an unallocated space of 20 odd GB in which to install Mint 6.
So, using my Mint 6 CD and the install feature, I arrived at this stage.
But look what Mint 6 wants to do! Shrink the XP partition and slot Mint 6 in the newly made space! Not much space for XP now.
OK lets try a different approach....
The "Manual" option wants to use the whole drive!!!
So much for using the "Largest available free space" - there is only 1 to choose from but Nope, not a bit of it!!
So what is so unattractive about the free space?
Of course, I could do what I have done in the past, go for option 1 [shrink XP so it won't work any more] and use Parted magic to sort out the resultant mess, but there must be a more elegant method.
So, Guys and Gals, does anyone have a quick and tidy solution [excluding a replacement Hard Drive].
Thanks in advance for any help.