Okay, so I have a Sony Vaio with a 250 gb hard drive, and I want to try Linux…I’ve been reading tons of material on Linux, and openSUSE in particular for the last three days. I’ve been learning a TON of stuff about my computer (I’m not really computer savvy, but I’m not afraid to dig in to stuff). SO, I’ve completed step one…downloading 11.3 and creating a DVD. I’m defragging my computer right now, because I read that this was a necessity.
So, to the point. My problem is that when I follow the default install openSUSE is saying that it’s going to delete all existing data on my partitions. Which is NOT what I want. When this is all finished I’d like to be able to choose whether to run Vista or Linux on this computer.
This installer is setting up my partitions like this by default.
(this is a rough outline, like I said…I’m defragging my computer right now, so I can’t look at it atm)
Shrink /dev/sda3 to 127Gb (Windows)
New partitions: /ded/sda3 (94.91 Gb), /ded/sda5 (swap…2.01 Gb), Root Volume /dev/sda6 (20 Gb), and volume /dev/sda7 (72 GB).
I don’t know if I got the terminology right…I’m new to this. But I’ve got started on this Linex track, and I’ve put enough time into it that I really want to finish it…I’VE GOT TO TRY LINEX!!! But I really don’t want to mess anything up. This is going to be my college computer, so it’s crucial that it stays in good working order.
So…how can I get Linux on my computer without deleting my existing OS, or any of my data? (When I go to drive C: on Vista it says the hard drive has 147 Gb of free space and 76.4 Gb of used space…if that’s helpful)