Once that's done, I'm going to burn the Mandrake CDs, and start the install.
Here's a question: do I have to delete the Windows Dynamic Disk before I install, or can the Mandrake installer format that drive? Something to investigate. I'm kinda hesitant to delete my DD in Windows... it's my C and E drives, where most windows components are located. I don't know how windows will take to me deleting those, if it'll even let me. Worst case, I can boot-disk and format from a command prompt.
One of my reasons for choosing Mandrake is that it can resize NTFS partitions when you install. The other was that I liked the sexy KDE theme it comes with. At any rate, the partition holding my backup will be shrunk down to "just large enough" for the backup. (At this point I'm estimating a 4GB partition)Then I'll forget it exists. The funny thing is, I'm looking forward to how much more harddrive space I'll have under Linux. The O/S and main packages are smaller. It hides the existance of different drives, and makes it look like one large one, so you don't get wasted space from that.
Oh, ouch. It finished estimating and has decided that the backup will be 5GB. *snark*
Just keep annoying me bitch. Watch what happens. I'll cut you.
It's at this point that I realize backing up the Windows core is stupid. I'm going to have to reinstall it anyway to use the backup file.