My Lenovo H30 came with a 500G HD and W8.1 on it and I want to dual boot it with W7 and transfer/copy critical applications from 8.1 to 7.
I have shrunk the W8.1 partition(s) (it uses about 5 partitions for OS, recovery, rescue, etc.) to 200G and I have carved out an unformatted 300G partition to be further partitioned as follows
200G Windows 7
100G NTFS shared data
Can I just follow these instructions, substituting "Windows 7" for "Windows XP"?
I don't know it it's relevant at this time but I plan to eventually delete 8,1 completely and install Linux Mint 17 in its space. Hence the shared data partition for media, documents, etc. I think Linux can read NTFS but Windows can't read Linux, or I could make the shared partition FAT. Is this feasible?