I have a PC running Windows and three hard drives in it. The three hard drives are:
hda 40GB - For the OS, applications, games, everyday use, etc.
hdb 80GB - My Mp3 archive, it's almost full.
hdc 80GB - Picture, video, installer, document, etc archive. Almost full as well.
Now, I want to partition hda so I can run a dual boot system. I want to leave 8GB for a Windows installation and the rest for Linux. If I start with a brand new HD, how would I go about this? I'm planning to throw in a PCLinuxOS in there.
Now, my main concern are the other two drives (hdb and hdc). Both are formatted in NTFS system and both are almost full. I need to be able to write from Linux to these drives, so I presume that I need to get them going in ext3. I have no space to move the contents of one drive to another, format it, and then put everything back in there. What can I do? How can I SAFELY achieve this? I also do a lot of writing from my home network. On my laptop, I haven't been able to get ANY distro going
, so I'm stuck with Windows. However, I do need to move data back and forth with these computers. I need to be able to get Windows to read Mp3s of the *hopefully* ext3 partitions, specifically to stream Mp3s over LAN, etc. I also need to be able to move files I download on my laptop to my *hopefully, again* other HD (hdc) for storage. Will I be able to do this?
I know it sounds a bit confusing, but I need advice on how to do this.
Thanks in advance for all the help.