OK, brainwave. You could just declare your mandriva partition to become a data partition, install mint over the XP partition, and just tell it where to find the data files. This way you do not need a complete copy of your files at all, and you can still boot into mandriva if you want too. If this is what you want to do, then follow these steps:
Install Mint. When you get to the partitioning stage, select manual. Select your XP partition (probably the first one in the list), click "Edit Partition"
Choose use-as "Ext3 journalling filesystem", tick the format checkbox, and choose "/" as the mount point.
While you're there, select /media/mandriva as the mount point for your mandriva partition in a similar way *make sure the format box on this partition is NOT checked*
Continue with the installation.
When you boot into your new Mint install, run the following command to give you access to all the data files at /media/data:
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sudo ln -s /media/mandriva/home/<mandriva's_username> /media/data
Now you can follow my last post in that topic to make the normal folders in /home access the data files: viewtopic.php?f=46&t=23980#p146352
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