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Yeah, I've got one hard drive partitioned with this setup:
sda1: boot sector
sda2: Windows 7
And the hard drive is how big? If you format the sda2 partition, you will lose windows 7. You need / partition and /swap if needed.....you don't really need a /boot partition.
If you don't have enough free space, then you might consider removing the /boot partition and change it to /swap.
You have boot partition. Not sure what's on it. I assume you installed Windows first? Maybe Windows put some it's startup files there, there has to be a reason why it shows up NTFS.
Having /boot partition is not essential, you can do well without it.
With 6 GB of RAM you do not need any swap.
I've got a terabyte HDD, so I'm not too concerned about running out of space at this point. My fdisk -l output is this:
/dev/sda1 * 1 13 102400 7 HPFS/NTFS /dev/sda2 13 61393 493030400 7 HPFS/NTFS /dev/sda3 61393 121601 483626208 83 Linux
From what you guys are saying, I can probably just incorporate /sda1 into another partition, say /sda3, and have the computer boot from /sda3?
And also thanks for dealing with my large amounts of n00bish-ness on this. My previous distro was Ubuntu, which glosses over a lot of the mechanics of Linux, that I'm now trying to learn.
I think segfault was right, sda 1 and sda2 are windows partitions. So what I would do is this, create at least one new partition and format it to ext3 or ext4 and it will be /home, you can make it whatever size you like, i'd go with about 10GB. From there, start the install and use only those two partitions.