right now i have a 80gb internal and an 160gb external. im running xp on the internal. now ive been trying to like set up a partition on my external to put linux there. however trying to get a partition software that i dont have to pay for has turned out to be quite the hassle. now would it be fine if i just installed linux(ubuntu) on the external drive and like would put files on the same partition?
but thats like a last resort. id really like to set up a partition on my external if i can. so if theres any free software you guys use/know of that;d be a big help
You can dual boot on the internal, you jst need to format XP and reduce its partition size then the remainding partition you can use for linux.
Im not 100% sure if you can reduce the size of the partition with out starting fresh...altho i'd like to learn.
Never herd of any program that could run using an external...do your USB drivers even exsist before XP boots?
Well good luck with that.
well my bios allows me to boot from usb devices.
the main reason im trying to partition and install linux on my external is because my parents hate me doing shit like this to the comp because they dont know what im doing even tho i do.
You could simply resize your current partition to obtain some unallocated space and make a new partition out of it. The Ubuntu installer's Partition Manager/Editor has a feature that could let you resize your hard disk with ease. It requires very little interaction because it already does the calculations for you. You just have to confirm the resizing to start the process.