For the past month, I've been trying to dual boot Windows 8.1 with Solus. I'm not very tech-savvy and I expressed interest in Linux and this distro, so I got a friend who has both Windows 10 and Solus on his computer to guide me through the steps of installing the Solus 3 ISO onto a USB then the installation process itself. I cleared up 228 GB before proceeding. The actual installation process of the OS went smoothly until I reached the disk configuration section. Of course I clicked the "Assign mount points" option since I was dual booting, but the "Advanced disk configuration" screen, where I'm supposed to mess around with the partitions, is where I didn't know what to do. Here's a screenshot of the window:
My friend recommended I go into gparted and reduce sd4, which he said was risky but gparted "saves data like a madman." I tried it, and it wouldn't reduce no matter what size I entered in the "New size" column. After asking some people on hexchat, it turned out that Windows partitions are unorganized and it is easy to break them. One person from a /g/thread thread recommended that I reduce sd4 from the right since reducing it from the left creates empty space. If anyone knows what that means, I'd like a simple explanation. Should I backup my data and Windows, install a fresh copy of Solus, then install Windows 8.1 again, or should I backup my data then try messing around the partitions? Also, is Solus a good distro to start out with compared to other beginner-friendly distros like Linux Mint and Ubuntu MATE?
Computer: ASUS laptop from 2012 that came pre-installed with Windows 8, updated to 8.1 in 2013.
Processor: Intel(R) Core (TM) i5-3210M CPU @ 2.50GHz 2.50 GHz
System type: 64-bit OS, x64-based processor