May 16, 2014

Thoughts on partitioning with Linux for the first time..?

Hi, this is finally my official break-in into the open source linux world. I've read about and tested different Distros for a while now, and I think I'm ready to start migrating.

I am currently running windows 7 on a 500GB HDD, which (including all media files) leaves only some space for a small ubuntu test run that I installed.
Now I am trying to migrate into Linux but I don't want to lose Windows just yet.
I am thinking of Refreshing Windows7, moving all the data onto a separate partition and installing Linux on a third. I would format the data partition as FAT32 so all my media can be accessed from either OS. I would also leave space on the main OS partitions for installed programs.

That is my plan of action, I would appreciate it if I could get feedback and/or thoughts before I start acting.
Also I am debating between Ubuntu and LinuxMint, and I'm not sure (although leaning a bit to LM).

Thoughts, feedback and tips would be appreciated.