I still think if you are new that using the Live cd/DVD and letting the partition work be done by the Mint disk is less prone to operator error.
Well I didn't have a cd. I don't see how it could be more problematic using a usb. The issue is that I am just not familar with linux installers and the paritioning software that is used here. I have not used linux for an extensive period, so I am only familar with Disk Utity.
I need one thing clearified. After installing GRUB, the windows bootloader should still remain the default, and thus windows will still remain the default operating system to boot on startup, correct?
The hard drive has a boot sector and the loader is generally installed there
Using the parition resize program to install LM12, by default the entire drive is selected as a location to install the boot loader to. What I mean is ATA Toshiba is selected, which is the device label of my hard drive. I can change this to other paritions such as /boot, sda, sba, and so on. So what I am wondering is will this automatically install the boot loader to the section of the hard drive where it should be or overwrite the entire drive? (I already screwed up my hard drive once)