Want an Ubuntu expert to verify some assumptions before I attempt to install. I am currently using Windows XP. With support for XP ending I do not want to continue using it. Instead of going to the expense in both time and money of upgrade Windows I am looking at Ubuntu. I have an old PC (Pentium 4) with XP on disk A (80 GB). Disk B (320 GB) has 80 GB free at the beginning and the rest is used for data. I want to install Ubuntu on disk B, and then when I am sure I can do everything I need to do on Ubuntu replace disk A with a new larger disk for additional data storage. Questions:
1: Is 80 GB enough for Ubuntu 12.04 and swap?
2: With 4 GB memory is 8 GB the correct swap size (read swap should be 2 times memory)?
3: Am I correct in assuming that putting the dual-boot on B will allow me to remove disk A with no problems?
4: I read that Ubuntu can only read NTFS. I have some old USB drives formatted in FAT32 and some old backup info on floppies (from before USB drives). Do I have to convert all that to NTFS before I delete Windows?
5: Will WINE allow me to run any Windows utility I can not find a replacement for? Would that fix item 4?
Any suggestions would be appreciated.