Need advise regarding backing up data before resizing
I have a 40 GB Hard Disk that's partitioned into a fat32 primary partition of 9.75 GB and an extended partition having 3 logical partitions of types:-
fat32 = 7.06 GB
unallocated = 2.69 GB
fat32 = 17.7 GB
I want to resize the unallocated partition to 6 GB and install a linux distro on it (it used to have mandrake 9.1 on it but Windows overwrote it and now it's shown as unallocated).
Would it be safe enough to backup critical data on its surrounding two fat32 logical partitions to the Primary partition since I don't have a CD-Writer to back them up on CDs?
Advise would be greatly appreciated since I really want to make a decent sized linux installation but am afraid of losing some data during the resizing part.