Working with Disk Partitions

In the section "Preparing to Use Linux and Microsoft Windows Together" at the beginning of this chapter, I discuss why you might need to set aside disk space for Linux on a computer already running Windows. The techniques I cover here assume that you have found free space that you can give to Linux, after you resize your partitions. If you're installing on a fresh, additional hard drive, are wiping out a whole hard drive to give it over to Linux, or have a chunk of Unallocated/Free space bigger than 3GB already that you want to use and so don't need to resize anything, skip ahead to the section "Preparing to Use Windows and Linux Together," later in this chapter.

A cheap, additional hard drive can be worth its weight in gold if you're afraid to change anything on your Windows drive.


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