I have a system with Windows XP. My hard disk has 189 GB NTFS. I want to change the operative system to windows 7, but I want to add Ubuntu as well. As the change might take several days (because I don't have much time) I want to install one system (or Windows 7 or Ubuntu) keeping my windows XP installed in another partition so if something doesn't work in thebrand new operating system installed I can use my Windows XP installation.
So I've thouht about doing something like this:
- Copy the data I want to keep to an external hard disk.
- Make partitions enough to install windows 7, keep data in another partition and another one to install Ubuntu.
- Copy the data I want to keep to the partition I've just created.
- Install Ubuntu in the partitions for Ubuntu.
- Check if Ubuntu works fine
- If it works OK install Windows 7 on the partition of Windows XP (Windows XP will be erased).
- Reinstall the programs in Windows 7.
So my question is:
- How many partitions do you recommend me to have (and the size of each one and NTFS or FAT32)? The operative system I'm going to use more is Windows 7 (though I love Linux I use many programs which are windows dependant).
- Do you think I should do anything else / change something in the proccess to avoid any problem? I don't know if making the partitions can harm the data I have in the disk.