Decemberdoom wrote:I think I understand what you're talking about now. You can make an NTFS, or FAT32 partition on Drive D, then when you do the install, select manual for the partitioning. Click on the new NTFS/FAT32 partition you made, then click on edit.
From here, keep everything the same, but under "mount point" select something. (If it is an NTFS/FAT32 partition, then the two options will be "/windows" or /dos" either one is fine).
"Windows" and "DOS" are "mount points"?
Decemberdoom wrote: Now, in the partition you want to install Linux, click on it, select edit, and set the mount-point to "/".
This confuses me. In the Linux system partition, I will have the root folder, which is called "/" from what I understand. So the new partition for my personal data files...shouldn't this contain the "/home" folder?
See this Ubuntu thread: https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+question/32233
From that thread:
Choose manual partitioning when the installer gives you the option. The installer will show a list of any pre-existing partitions on your disk. Typically, Windows will have one or two partitions which occupy the whole disk. So, you might find something like this:
1. 20 GB FAT32 or NTFS
2. 230 GB FAT32 or NTFS
Here, partition 1 is drive C: as seen from Windows, and partition 2 is drive D:.
A simple partitioning scheme that then might suit you is as follows.
1. "/windows", FAT32 or NTFS, 20 GB, *DO NOT FORMAT*
2. "/", EXT3, 20 GB
3. "/home", 209 GB
4. swap 1032 MB
N.B. GB = gigabytes, MB = megabytes
Here, the items in quotes (e.g. "/windows") are the names of the directories in each partition.
The order of the partitions on the disk should be as shown above.
For the partition that contains the directory called "/windows", you may need to type the name in the dialogue box, if it is not available from the drop-down menu. This partition is simply the Windows drive C: as seen from the Linux point of view. Adjust the size at this point to 20 GB, or whatever you want. Be careful to ensure that the partition is NOT formatted: deselect the "format" check box.
If you have already made a drive D: partition, as seen from Windows, then this should be wiped out and split into three partitions for Linux. Make the partition that contains the root directory "/" about 20 GB size, in EXT3 format. The root directory is equivalent to a drive Windows drive C: for Linux. Make a separate partition for the "/home" directory equal to the remaining free space on the disc. The swap partition should be slightly larger than the RAM size, as explained previously. In my example, I have assumed that the total disc capacity is 250 GB, and the machine contains 1024 MB of RAM.
By doing this, you will get the following results.
Linux and apps will install to the Linux Partition, kept separate from everything else, while your empty NTFS/FAT32 partition will be automatically mounted each time you start Linux as /windows , or /dos . You'll be able to access only the NTFS/FAT32 partition of your Drive D: while in Windows.
Now, if you need to upgrade stuff, all your personal data will not be touched, regardless if you upgrading Windows or Linux.Since all of your personal data is on a totally separate partition from where Linux would be upgrading. Hope this helps.
You see that on the Ubuntu thread I referenced, he is talking about making the new data partition during the install. You suggest doing it before the install. Is that easier?
Also, a semantic thing: I am assuming that my C, D and E drives are logical drives, but it seems everyone else considers these the same as partitions.