Your blog seems you know what you are doing. But there is one thing.
"I am the only user "
All the modern OS have user accounts and a brutal lesson is learned if we try to drive the system down to only one user account. I hope this helps you from learning that lesson first hand.
I am attempting to organize all these bits and pieces of information I have accumulated on Linux into one place.
I have 160 GH external drive and for now have created a single ext3 partition labeled data1
I want to be able to mount it (I guess to media or create a mnt pt.)
I want to own it and have total rw to it.
I am the only user and not asking for special consideration, but please give me the terminal commands in a user friendly fashion as possible given my 77 years and diminished comprehension (that is not a joke)
Thanks in advance.