I have a fine working install of 2009 that I don't want to mess with but want to try out the beta. I have a new mobo with limited IDE and could only afford one SATA disk so both Windows XP and Linux are on the same disk - my burner and DVD drive take up the IDE. Not an ideal situation but that is the way it is for now. When I can afford a sata burner I will free up an IDE and put one of my dozen drives on it for linux.
This is what I see from fdisk:
Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x43d343d3
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 25496 204796588+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 25497 60800 283579380 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5 25497 31870 51199123+ b W95 FAT32
/dev/sda6 31871 32890 8193118+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda7 32891 60800 224187043+ 83 Linux
My initial idea was to carve out some of the windows disk - sda1 but know I will have to fix grub and fstab because of the new numbering of the drives and moving ntfs frightens me. So then I thought I could take a little itty bit from the linux partition -sda7 at the end. No need to mess with grub and fstab then. But I saw something worrisome in gparted...there is a little bit unallocated at the end of the disk - 7.84MiB - see here http://www.nishtya.com/unallocated.png.
Did I screw up something on my initial partitioning? (used the mfr utility to set up the partitions). Should I just start fresh and repartition with an extra for test linux and reinstall everything? Linux doesn't take me long but you know windows is a nightmare