I've been meaning to put Linux on my laptop for some time now since so many of the security tools I use in school rely on that operating system. Unfortunately, when I had initially installed Windows 7, I used up all the hard drive space which left no room available for Linux. No problem. I attempted to shrink the partition that Windows 7 was installed on, which normally would work. Unfortunately I shrunk the partition too much and bada boom bada bing - No Bootable Windows 7 laptop.
Many troubleshooting hours/days later, I decided to just start from scratch. Luckily, none of my data is ever saved on my laptop (that's what I have a server for), so I didn't lose anything. Many more hours/days later, I'm finally back up and running with a newly installed dual-boot Linux/Windows 7 laptop and learning all I can about Linux. It's like being a newbie all over again. I do have to admit I like the Linux operating system more than I thought I would. It's definitely different, but useful nonetheless.
Now if I can just learn how to work it without totally screwing it all up again :)