I've been setting up dual boot on an 80g drive; XP-pro with Mint 10 Julia. With partition magic I created two 15g ntfs partitions sda1 & 2. I installed XP-pro on sda1 and it booted OK. Sda2 was to be a data partition shared with Mint.
Next, installed Mint 10 in new ext4 partitions defined manually: /, home, tmp, swap (sda1 & 2 marked Do Not Use.) I booted Mint & did some package install & uninstall (libre vs open office etc) then tried to edit fstab to automount ntfs partitions sda1 & sda2. This was unsuccessful but at present that's a side issue, since I found gparted giving the error message "volume size is bigger than the device size" for sda1. Not understanding what this really means I tried moving sda2 and enlarging sda1 into the freed-up space. That didn't appear to complete successfully so now I'm thoroughly
I'm willing - reluctantly - to start from scratch (well I guess I'll have to!) but not before I can find out what I did wrong and how to avoid it next time round. I was trying to duplicate the dual boot system that I have on my laptop (much bigger drive) so I don't know what was different here. I'm not very experienced - can you tell?
- so if anyone can help me with a simple-ish explanation I'd be very grateful.