[ubuntu] New to Ubuntu

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http://ubuntuforums.org – Hi all I have just decided to try Ubuntu and there are a few things I need to know about installing it that I cannot seem to find in the documentation. I'm currently running Windows XP SP3 on an AMD machine. I have a 500GB SATA drive that has the system and most of my data but also have a 100GB SATA drive that I have wiped clean. I'm thinking that I should install Ubuntu on this clean drive to run alongside Windows. The questions I have are: 1. Should I reformat the drive before installing Ubuntu on it or just let the installer do it? 2. While running Ubuntu, will I be able to access data o (Hardware)