I'm not sure if this is the right place to be asking this, but I was going along with the Linux Mint User guide and it was going along fine, now I've kind of hit an issue with partitioning. I'm trying to make the transition from Windows to Linux, so this is a lot of new stuff (and if you'd like to suggest a different OS for a newbie like me to transition to, I'm open to suggestions). Anyway, I was trying to install Linux Mint 6 from a CD-RW (it's all I have that seems to work at the moment) and got to the part where I select the partitions and there were none available. I didn't know what that meant, but looked up some guides.... I went into my Computer Management and to the disk management to find my computer only has one disk and two partitions- one is HP_Recovery and one is HP_Pavilion. It gives me very limited options when I right click. (Open, Explore, Mark Partition as Active, Change Drive Letter and Paths..., Format..., Delete Partition, Properties, Help) Nothing about dividing up the current partition or making a new one... They're both NTFS.
My HP is pretty old. It's a HP Pavilion 750n. It came with Windows XP has up to SP2. I'm not sure what to do with only one disk and none of the site with information about partitioning really addressed a problem like this (least not that I could find...).
I tried to find free partitioning software to help. I tried to get Cute Partition Manager to work and neither of my computers would write the program to a bootable disk. I tried two CD-RW and a DVD+R. My older computer seems to have lost the ability to write disks entirely... My newer Toshiba laptop wrote Linux Mint to the CD-RW and it seemed to work fine.
I no longer use my HP much and so there aren't any important files or whatnot for me to worry about on it. I kind of wanted to experiment with it.
(I'm mainly looking into Linux, because I'm interested in the mini solid state computers [much easier for travel and school]. I was told they run faster and have more memory with Linux and I'm already using some open source programs.)