I've decided that I want to create a partition on my computer's hard drive that will allowe me to Dual-boot XP and Ubuntu. Unfortuantely, it looks like XP and all of the other data on my main HD is scattered onto it, unpartitioned. I followed the Windows Help instructions about partitioning a drive, and I've gone through countless freeware partition utilities, and was continually confronted with the same result: I can't partition my C: drive for "Security Reasons" because it has Windows System files on it.
Do any of you have any ideas as to how to get past this short of reformatting my drive completely and reinstalling Windows? I've got an older iPod that I don't use much anymore, should I consider reformatting it and putting Ubuntu on it, in which case I could just boot my computer from my iPod to run Linux? Is that even possible? What if I were to buy an external HD (which I'm going to need to for school soon anyway), could I partition that HD with a space for my old Windows files and another for Ubuntu?
Also, I'm having trouble making my computer recognize .iso (disk image) files upon startup; I can never get it to boot from a friggin CD (whether its the internal CD drive or the external USB 2.0 drive). I even encounter this problem when I tell the computer WHERE to look as it's booting, it simply tells me that it cannot boot from the CD drive.
I know its kind of a long-winded post with a few various problems, but any tips are greatly appreciated. Thanks!