I have a new PC with a large hard drive (300 G) onto which I installed Windows 2K. I left unallocated space and I now would like to add LinuxMint, but I inadvertently used 4 primary partitions it seems, and thus I can't add another partition. Luckily, the last partition I made I have not yet really used for anything and so I am happy to remove that one and then add more. Attached is a screen shot describing the partitions existing on my machine. The "Personal (F:)" partition is last and I do not need it.
So, aside from the warnings that repartitioning may cause data loss (I will backup anything I really need) how should I proceed?
I was thinking of an approach that Fred provides in viewtopic.php?f=90&t=11872
swap ----Formatted as swap -----per above rules
/ ----------Formatted as ext3 ------10 – 12 Gig.
Data Partition1 ----Formatted as ext3 -----sized for data
Data Partition2 ----Formatted as ext3 -----sized for data
Data Partition3 ----Formatted as ext3 -----sized for data
1. I am not 100% certain but I think his "Data Partition1" etc. are partitions which are NOT mounted onto anything when I make them? Rather, I mount them when I boot? Is that correct?
2. The other, main, issue is that he says that this is not ideal for development. I am a web developer and use WAMP on my Windows box and of course I need the same for my Linux.
I have installed Linux several times the past month, including LAMP, but the partitioning part I did in a fairly basic way. I am hoping to now be able to stick with LinuxMint, so I would like to do the partitions intelligently, if possible.
I plan for 2G swap as I have 2G RAM.