How can I safely partition my hard drive for Linux?

Mike from Portland, ME

Episode 1382 (37:45)

rEFInd

Mike finally installed Linux Mint into his old Dell laptop. When he was partitioning it, Windows wanted 2/3 of the drive for XP. He's not planning on using it that much, so he made it as small as he could, but it won't let him. Leo says he doesn't even need Windows if he's not planning on using it, so he can just delete the Windows partition altogether.

Partitioning is always a bit risky and the partition utility probably deleted more than he thought. It's not very accurate. So it can happen if he plans on a dual boot system. Mike should try rEFInd Boot Manager. It's the best one these days. If he doesn't want Windows, though, he doesn't have to leave it on.