another...Slackware 14.1 Install w/pre-installed windows8.1
I know that there are already several threads of this topic currently active, all of which have been very useful to me, however I still have plenty of confusion and questions left to justify a new thread. I am sure it will be useful to others as well, sooner or later.
I have a Lenovo z510 with pre installed windows 8.1 (x64)
Before I can begin to install slackware, I need to create backup media. I have some 8.5gb dvd+r on hand that I was hoping to use.
All i really care to backup is windows8.1 and whatever else I need for my laptop to function. Meaning I don't have any work/files/pictures/ et cetera. So if something goes terribly wrong, I just start anew.
Because windows came pre installed, I cannot use my product key (which I found using BeLarc Advisor. I found this very useful)to create an install dvd with Windows 8.1 Setup (which is for retail bought apparently).
On the D:/ is labeled "Lenovo" and is approx. 2.5gb, and has "one key recovery" files, along with McAfee, and some other programs that came preinstalled.
Other Partitions are:
WINRE_DRV NTFS 345.5MB,
SYSTEM_DRV FAT32 32.5MB (EFI System Partition)
LRS_ESP FAT32 501MB,
PBR_DRV NTFS 9.5GB,
C: Windows8_OS NTFS 41.13GB
also an unnamed, filesystem: "other", 128MB Reserved Partition.
Another pre-install question I have is of the disc partitions.
After I shrink the primary windows C:/ partition, do I need to format the new partition to prep it for Linux? Can I leave it unallocated?
Thanks to anyone who is willing to help out.