I couldn't find what I was looking for in a search, or perhaps just used the wrong search terms. I am building a new SFF computer and installing LMDE 12 x64 as soon as Update 4 is out in ISO, and dual booting with Windows7x64.
First - info on my Old computer. Dual boot with Kubuntu 11.10 x64 on hardrive 1 (@ 1TB - formatted ext4) and Windows 7x64 on harddrive 2 (@ 500GB formatted NTFS).
Second - New Computer - two new 60GB SSD to dual boot and hold system files for LMDE x64 (SSD1) and Windows 7x64 (SSD2). I want to reuse the harddrive 1 (1TB) as the data drive on the new computer, putting /home and swap partition for LMDE on it, and swap file and data for Windows 7. Windows 7 will only be used here for games.
Since I use my computer for my work, I want to keep downtown to as little as possible. I can install LMDE and Win7 on the two SSD to test to make sure everything is running prior to transferring the 1TB harddrive to the new computer. But can I move the /home and swap files to this drive afterwards and get rid of Kubuntu files without destroying the data already on it? Can I (and how to) use a partition manager to create an NTFS partition for Win7 on the 1TB drive? How big should these partitions be?
I also have two 320GB USB drives that I can use to backup and transfer files. I'm just trying to avoid hours and hours of downtime by reformatting everything if there is an easier way to do this.
What info did I forget to mention?