Originally posted by bodleyhenley
It shows how I have the partitions at the moment
Maybe you are right. But for me it is readable very poorly. I'll give you a sample.
Let's assume I've got 100GB hdd. I've created two partitions primary (20G) and extended one (the rest = 70G) . Inside extended one I've created 30G partition. So under Win I've got two drives C: - 20G & D: - 30G. The rest (40G) is unallocated.
Under Linux I've see hda1 - 20G, hda2 - 70G, hda5 -30G.
See: hda2 is not 'really usable' partition. It is rather placeholder for (with windows term 'logical') partitions. For linux installation I need to create hda6 and allocate the free space to it.
So presenting the harddrive in terms 'free' and 'occupied' area only is not the best.