Partitioning and Formatting the Hard Drive
Next, were taken to a menu that allows us to partition your new hard drive (Figure 135). Think of partitioning a hard drive as breaking it up into sections. After partitioning, each partition or section will then be formatted so that it can be read by various operating systems. One of the original purposes of partitioning a hard drive was to allow the hard drive to support multiple operating systems. Each operating system could be given its own partition, which could then be formatted for that operating system.
The onscreen message says Press C to partition and we do. The screen tells us that 76309 MB is available for partitioning our 80 GB drive.
NOTE: For the photos in this book, we partitioned a 4 GB virtual drive which shows 4095 MB as available (as in Figure 135). Thats about 4 GB. Well make the Windows Partition 2000 MB (about 2 GB) (see Figure 136). Well leave 2000 MB unpartitioned to demonstrate a dual boot operating system, where Linux is installed into the unpartitioned and unformatted part of the disk. Your PC will show far larger numbers for available space. Today, a 2 GB partition is small!
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