Main goals is to have/being:
- Windows XP
- Main Linux installation
- "Some other" Linux installation which I am currently experimenting with.
- All three OS installations completely separate (at least to begin with). I won't share
/homebetween my Linux installations, as it might be that some applications I'm using are of different versions and thus have different config files in my
- Able to wipe the current Windows XP installation and install a previous image of it later on, to enjoy a fresh Windows system.
- Able to change my experiment Linux installation into some other distribution.
- Creating a sensible partitioning scheme for this which fits my 120.0 GB hard drive. Appended info: It's for a laptop with a relatively weak CPU and no hardware viritualization support, so adding a HDD isn't an option nor is running a full fledged OS in a VM.
- I've not used Windows for maybe 10 months. I'm not about to start using it extensivly, but it might come in handy from time to time if I need to run some Windows only software.
- My main Linux installation is Ubuntu, which I do like a lot. At the same time I do feel that some things could be improved (it contains an exceptionally old version of Awesome in it's latest LTS offering and I tend to think that a rolling release system would be more convenient to use). Due to this I would like to explore the other distributions which are out there...
- My experiment Linux installation should just be for testing things out. I would like to try a couple of different distributions (my first is Arch Linux) and try to configure them. It's mostly for playing around and experimenting. If I find something I like it might replace my main Linux installation later on.
Questions and thoughts:
- How would you suggest I partition my hard drive? My idea is having Windows XP and my experimental Linux installation on one partition each. And maybe spread out my main Linux installation over multiple partitions if there is a benefit to it. Will all Linux distributions be happy to live in a single partition?
- Do you see any problem in writing over my current Windows XP with an older image later on? I guess it shouldn't mess up the partitioning table or the MBR, but I'd like a second opinion.
- What about the installation of different distributions on the experimental part of my hard drive? (The part I saved for experimental installs of Linux.) Any problems you foresee?
- I was thinking of using Clonezilla for the imaging. I need to image individual partitions as that's what I need to restore as well. I'm sending/receiving the images from my home server, so they need not be stored on the 120 GB hard disk. Any comments on this? Will I have to make a note of the partitioning scheme on paper in case the partition table accidentally should be damaged to be able to restore the partitions?
- What else should I think about when planning this setup?