Here's some obvious newbie questions:
On my desktop, I've got two HDD's, one with XP (100GB)(approximately 14GB used up) and one with Ubuntu (200GB)(it looks like one small partition is being used, say 4 or 5 GB, whatever the standard Linux partition size is). Of course I use GRUB to move between the two HDD's, and it
appears after the BIOS, of course.
I have an external
HDD (100GB) that I want to use to periodically back up the two HDD's in the desktop. Right now it's just one NFTS partition.
So I'd like
to create two partitions on the external HDD, say 60GB XP and 40BG for the Linux.
I want to do the following as simply as possible: create the partitions on the external HDD and do the monthly backups.
My questions are:
--there's nothing on the external HDD right now that I want to save (in fact I've already
deleted all folders and files). So do I need to first reformat the external HDD before creating partitions?
--how do I do so? Can I use DOS commands from the XP command prompt, for example, or what
--how do I create appropriate partitions on the external HDD?
--do I need to set up a separate, say, 100MG partition as the first
partition on the external HDD for a GRUB on the external HDD? Or do I even need to do
that? Maybe just two
partitions is enough.
--and once the necessary partitions are set up on the external HDD, how and in what order (if that's even of concern) do I do the backups of each HDD in the desktop?
(Incidentally, is it more appropriate to say "HDD" or "harddrive" or whatever?)