Originally posted by TBBA
Or would I just be better biting the bullet and partitioning my main HDD….space is not an issue – it’s the rick I might screw up my work pc and/or slow it down…
If you have a big HDD and you don't have a CD writer, now's a good time to get one, just to save your work files.
I've screwed up my partition table and deleted EVERYTHING but that's only because I kind of panicked when Windows wouldn't boot (in fact it was registering an unrecognised (linux) partition so refused to boot until I changed the partition id using a linux tool called fdisk).
Fips, the program you'll probably use to partition, has never made problems for me - it's a fairly straightforward process.
Investing in a good linux book is also a great idea
. This is something I can never stress too much (especially to undergraduates in my college keen to install Linux) - sure you get a free OS and server software and compiler, and etc. etc.
but learn how to use them, and sit on your hands for a minute before executing commands as root