For those wanting to setup a drive and transition to Ubuntu or Mint, this is how I do it.
I wanted to show how to layout a new, or spare Hard Drive, to install one or more Linux Distros.
If you let Ubuntu setup your drive with the auto function, you will end up with one big Partition, that limits later additions and flexibility.
I start with putting Ubuntu on a USB thumb drive and booting to it live.
You can add as many partitions as you want, This one is limited by it being an old 500gb Seagate, I had laying around!
Screenshot 1 starts with opening a Partitioning tool called Gparted.
Screenshot 2 shows installing the gpt partition table, this will erase the drive and prep it for partition additions.
Screenshot 3 shows adding the efi fat32 boot partition.
The next few screenshots show adding 4 ext4 partitions for Linux, 1 will be used and 3 left spare.
Next we add the Linux-Swap partition 6, which linux uses like RAM.
Partition 7 is a ext4 Storage Partition.
So I ended up with a GPT Partition setup with 7 partitions.
1 efi boot
3-5 Spare, for future use
6 Linux Swap partition used for addition temp ram like storage
7 Is a Storage partiotion for permanent file, picture, and document storage.
This post is just Partition setup.
The Drive is partitoned and ready to Install Ubuntu or Mint.
Post 2 will be actually installing Ubuntu on partition 2.