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I have been reading a lot of threads about people having problems loading Linux with Windows.
Buy now you all should know that Windows has a 4 primary partition limit. What I see is no-one even considers using an Extended partition.
Linux is cool it does not care where u put it. You can put it on a USB drive, another Hard drive, a Stick. It just works everywhere.
I prefer duel boot, [multi-boot]. The 1st partition is the only primary partition [because Windows needs to be in one][Linux does not] make it 25gb. this is only for the Windows OS.
Create an extended partition for the rest of the hard drive. Now within this partition create partitions E:, F:, G:, etc for your windows stuff, leaving the rest as free space.
Like Program(E), Data(F), Downloads(G), then you only have to backup F: [Data]
Now their are several ways you can load Linux [Ubuntu, LinuxMint, Mepis, etc]
Installing thou your favorite distro's partitioning utility, or Gparted or similar partitioning utility.
Create the root, /home and swap as extended partitions. If you have a huge hard drive you can load multiple linux distros. You need only 1 swap file
I usually have a multi-boot with Windows XP, Mepis & Ultimate Edition
I still haven't decided weather I want run Gnome of KDE, KDE has a lot more use-ability than Gnome, a lot more fun stuff.
Is there a question here, or should this thread be in the member intro forum?
It seems clearly designed to be a kind of "howto". It is of interest only to those wishing to run Windows (alongside of linux). It should be labelled as such to that people not interested in Windows won't waste their time reading it.