I have been reading a lot about Linux and it’s advantages, especially since I’m Computer Engineering student and my university has Bash scripting in the third year (I’m in the second). I figured I would install and dual boot it on my Acer TravelMate P-243M but it would require me to delete or shrink a partition on my hard drive, of which I’m wary, having never done it before. There also seem to be issues with hardware for people installing Linux as well as problems with Windows booting if someone uninstalls Linux.
My question is: what’s the safest way of installing Linux Mint and what precautions should I be taking before going about it?
I’m aware of the steps, having read the Mint manual and several sites, but I would love feedback from someone with an Acer laptop who has Linux installed. Mine has four partitions (in order from left to right on disk management tool) a system drive (66/100 MB), the C drive (called Acer with 131/232 GB), a recovery drive (450/450 MB) and a D drive (Acer Data: 0/232 GB).
I’m wary of doing anything to the D drive even though it’s empty outside of a folder containing ‘vcredist’, but it seems that there isn’t much choice. I don’t think I should touch the C drive or the recovery drive anyway. What’s the best tool for handling the fragmentation process? Should I delete the entire D drive or should I shrink it to a sizable amount?