I am about to take delivery of a new laptop with a 750GB HDD. I will be using Win7 as the base OS (as a "real" installation, direct to the tin). The base install will probably have Visual Studio installed for dev work.
I also want to add 2 bootable VHDs, one for a "fresh" win 7 install (allocating about 128GB), and an install of the preview of Win 8 (about 100GB).
I would also like (if possible - I'm not sure if it is) I'd like to allocate a chunk of disk (probably a separate partition - maybe 100GB) as a shared data drive.
My questions are :
- Can I have a shared partition that is avaiable to all the OSs by creating a separate partition?
- What is the best order to install VHD OSs? I'm thinking 7 then 8 to take advantage of the W8 boot Manager
- Should I go the whole hog and install my dev instance of Win7 in a VHD as well, and do away with a base "on the tin" install?
- Are there any pitfalls to this approach that I'm not aware of?