I just began using Ubuntu yesterday and I love it so far. My mother is very interested in switching over to Ubuntu as well but would like to keep a small portion of the hard-drive partitioned for Windows so that she can use her iTunes (she has an iPad which kind of tethers her to the Apple eco-system). I DO know how to partition the hard-drive but I don't know very much about how exactly partitions work so here is my basic question: Since her Windows is so slow (and possibly infected) if I partition the hard-drive can anything from the Windows "side" of the partition affect or otherwise negatively impact performance on the Ubuntu "side" of the partition? Please don't get too techy with the answers, I'm not terrible with computers but I am still learning in this area. Thanks!