Need help with partion for dual boot (xp/kubuntu)
Not really a newbie Linux (not a power user either) but I’ve always just did a single boot setup on older hardware. Now, thru an odd turn of events, I find myself the owner of a brand new Windows XP Pro box (64 bit) and I’d like to put Linux on it. Unfortunately I don’t have any of the windows install/recovery disks and I would like to keep a windows partition around…just because. My question is this, what is the safest way to resize the NTFS partition and set up a Linux partition without harming the windows install?
I’m planning on loading Kubuntu but heard its partition handling wasn’t perfect for a dul boot with NTFS. I booted up my Knoppix cd and ran qtparted but I got a nervous before I committed the changes and quit. Is this the best plan?
Also when I ran qtparted I noticed that there was 7 gig of “hidden” hard drive at the end of the drive. What is this?
Any good advice?
(BTW I’m probably less of a windows user than linux user when it comes to this kind of thing, if someone has suggestions that I can do from a windows point of view i.e., backups, restore images/disks etc. I wouldn’t mind the suggestions)