-How do I set up partitions a second hard drive so both Windows and Ubuntu can use it?
-Is it OK to have multiple filesystems on the same drive by using different partitions?
Some Background Info:
I'm new to Linux, haven't installed anything yet, and already I have questions. Recently I saw that I was running low on space on my desktop PC's (500 gigabyte) internal hard drive so I purchased an extra (1 terabyte) internal hard drive. I've been curious about Linux so I thought about installing Ubuntu on my new drive while having Windows 7 remain installed on my first hard drive, allowing me to dual-boot. But I still want to be able to access the files on the second drive in windows (especially since I originally bought it to provide extra storage space for windows), which would not be possible if the entire 1 terabyte drive is formatted in the Ext4 filesystem that Ubuntu needs, which windows 7 can't use.
So I began wondering if it would be possible to have a both an NTFS partition on the new drive (for extra windows programs and files I want to be able to access in both OS like Music and Videos (since Ubuntu and Windows can both read NTFS)) and then the Ext4 partitions for Ubuntu on the same new drive.
-Is there any disadvantage to having multiple partitions with different filesystems on the same drive? Do I need to worry about file corruption somehow? Or is this actually a good idea?
-Would it be better to re-install/move windows to the 1 TB drive and install Ubuntu on the old 500 GB drive? That way they each have their own hard drives. (And no, before anyone asks, using the entire 1 Terabyte drive just for Ubuntu is not currently an option.)
-Windows would remain installed on the old hard drive (the one with only the old NTFS partition) completely separate from Linux.
-The plan is Create an NTFS partition and Ext4 partitions for Ubuntu on the new hard drive.
-The Ext4 partition(s) are for Ubuntu.
-The new NTFS partition would not be for a windows installation, but for extra storage space for windows and provide a location for files I want access to regardless of if I am in Ubuntu or Windows.
-Nothing has happened yet, the new hdd is still sitting unformatted in its unopened box. Ubuntu is still just on a live CD. I'm still in Windows 7 64 bit using my old hard drive as I type this.
Thank you for any help or clarification you can provide. I am looking forward to learning about Ubuntu and getting to use it.