Fishing for ideas - Dual boot XP Linux (yet again) with a twist
"Help me, Obi-Wan"
I want to upgrade my work PC (Dell Precision 670 Workstation) as dual-boot Kubuntu and XP Pro. I currently have 2xSATA drives (250 GB each), one is the boot drive (unpartitioned, XP Pro SP2) and one is my data storage drive. I recently got two 1 TB SATA drives and would like to upgrade my system, especially for the storage drive (I will be transferring the data from my current 250 GB D drive to one of the new TB drives). I know I have room for at least 3 SATA drives in there, so I plan on having 1x250 GB plus 2x1 TB drives on it.
Hereís where I am fishing for ideas. Should I partition my current boot drive (250 GB) for dual-boot with Linux (Kubuntu)? This way, I can use the TB drives purely for data storage. Or, should I partition a new TB drive for Linux (on maybe 75 GB partition) and split the remaining 900 GB for data storage? This way, I donít have to worry about partitioning the current boot drive for dual-boot. I am only considering this because as of this moment, I am only using 35 GB of the 250, and it would make some sense to just partition this drive and install Linux on it. I am only hesitant because I have no experience with any of the partition software out there, and I am afraid of damaging the current stable and functional XP Pro (plus the other programs) installed on it.
I am somewhat of a newbie with linux in that I have installed Ubuntu on an aging desktop and Kubuntu on another aging PC at work, but have only used it to browse websites (email, google, myspace, etc.) and as a jukebox player for my mp3s.
Although this is not too technical of a question, I would just like to know what folks would prefer to do, both from the experts and fellow newbies.
Any comments would be greatly appreciated.