I am motivated to install some Linux distro for the first time. currently I am using Windows. I have HP Elitebook 2560p (a Core i7 2nd gen laptop with 4 gb of RAM and 500gb hard drive). I am interested in either of ElementryOS, Linux Mint, or otherwise Ubuntu. I am confused about the driver availability and about my data on my other partitions of Hard Drive and more then 2tb data on my external hard drives. Now my questions are: (1) which of ElementryOS, Linux Mint, and Ubuntu will easily be installed on my HP Elitebook 2560p without driver issues. (2) My hard drive have 2 partitions; C:/ and D://. The D:/ Partition has important data on it. Will I have to format whole of my hard drive or only C:/ is required to be formatted? (3) Can I connect my external hard drives (which have FAT32 file system and contain a huge data) with Linux without formatting them?