Dumb partitioning question
I just wanted to ask a question in lieu of a previous failure to properly partition my drive, and wanted to ask before I cemented any changes...
I have a 200gb hd, which was partitioned
20gb - C
180 - D
I used partition magic to create a ext3 filesystem on some of the free space on D. I then installed suse 9.1 Linux. Then whenever I tried booting to windows, i got the
error message. I read the articles on how to fix it, nothing really helped, and in the end I backed up all my important stuff to another hd, and reformatted it. I now have:
15Gb - C (Windows NTFS)
100GB - D (RAW)
85GB - Unformatted
I was wondering how I should finish partitioning this drive to run 1, maybe even 2 different distros of linux alongside windows. Another problem I ran into before with SUSE was I couldnt change files in any way on the C or D drive (Both were NTFS), and I think that was an NTFS problem. And if you let a linux distro partition it, it creates a million partitions, and I'm not quite sure what they do.. i.e. a /root/ partition and a bunch of little swap file partitions. Are all those necessary? What are those?
Sorry if my questions seem stupid...