Something else that you might want to know- do NOT make a swap partition on a flash drive. A swap area is basically used like extra RAM if it needs it. While this can be good on a regular HDD, the little memory cells of a flash drive have a limited life (about 10,000 writes, if I remember correctly). Using it as RAM will wear it out a lot faster.
If I'm wrong on this, someone please correct me, but from everything I know, swap on flash drive == bad idea
[EDIT]: I just re-read this and realized that you're using an HDD, which should perfectly fine for swap.
And you don't really need a separate partition for /boot, unless you're an advanced user who has a dozen distros on the drive. (An considering this is the "newbie" forum, I think this is unlikely
) I would suggest formatting about 6 GB (depending what your distro needs) of EXT4 (wht Linux actually installs on). Then I format the rest as FAT32 and choose it to mount as /windows. That way, I have a common ground between Windows and Linux.
But then again, this is your
drive, so do whatever you
want to do with it.