Linux partition questions
I want to install my first linux distro(MANDRAKE 9.2). I curently have 2 hd. The first has 10 gigs and win98 on it.
The second(60 gigs) is partitioned in 4*. 2 partitions for data, 1 for windows Xp and the other one for my future linux. I made the partition with partition magic. But my question: Do I need to put it in ext3 file system right now or put it in fat32/ntfs and let the installer convert it? Or, should I let the space unalocated and ask the installer to create a partition from there?
Also, will the boot loader be able to recognize my win98, xp and linux?
As for backups, should I backup my curent boot selector(winXP one that I would like to keep, just add a line to it), or I will be able not to replace it while installing. Wich tool should I use to back it up?
And my final question, will I see the other partitions from linux(all the other are in fat32) and will I see the linux partition from windows??
Thanks in advance