Hi all! I want to tell you his experience I had.
I just bought two 160GB hard disks. I installed one in a machine with core 3 and one in a machine with windows xp installed. Only some difficulties with the fstab file under core 3, since it was the first time I was editing manuallt that file. No problems. With the qtparted utility I had no problems formatting ext3 the hd and creating two partitions. A matter of 1 minute, not more.
Eheheh, windows xp? I though it would have been even simpler. Never made such a mistake :-). First of all, service pack 1 was not installed, so I had to upgrade everything. As you can imagine sp1 had troubles. Anyway, at the end, I installed it. Then, I used partition magic to create the same partitions and formatting the hd. Well, another disaster. Pm rebooted the pc, and it didn't boot anymore. Anyway, I made the pc working again leaving only the old hd with windows xp installed, so I didn't have to format anything. But there was no way to make the hd work there.
Solution? I put that hard disk in my "Linux pc", and in some seconds I created the two ntfs partitions. As you can imagine, once reinstalled that hd in the windows xp pc, al worked correctly immediately. :-)
I was very puzzled :-). Ever thought it was simpler to install devices under windows. I don't think that this time it was simpler. In addiction, I have to say that partition magic was even far more slow than qtparted.
Very satisfied for what happened.
Sorry for disturbing, I only wanted to freely express something I noticed. That's all. :-) Perhaps you will tell me I've just discovered hot water? :-)