Hi. I have a 700GB Drive partitioned in 3 parts (C:,D:,E:) of which D: and E: contain backups, software, documents, music etc… And i can at any time re-install windows without partitions D: and E: being effected.
How can i achieve the same with Linux. Meaning having 2 (additional) partitions that a re-install of linux will not destroy. I can find no specific (easy walkthrough), ‘HowTo’ information on this.
Though i prefer to have 2 (additional) partitions, i can combine to have only one, but is there a foolproof way to (during install), that the partiton will remain closed to any formatting.
Assuming you have all your data in /home in a separate partition, use the expert or custom partition option to specify that you want Linux to install only on / and leave the other partitions alone. That is how most people upgrade from one version to the next.
Note that, unlike Windows, where every partition has to be accessed by its letter, if you assign more than one partition to /home, you will not see them in /home. Linux will use them as it sees fit.
You can have as many partitions as you like, though in your case it would involve an extended partition with logical partitions with that.
Linux is far more configurable than windows and will only install where you tell it.
In linux we don’t use drive letters but rather /dev/sda