I know this has been asked in individual parts, but I'm looking for a way to do this with the fewest steps and least pain.
I have a laptop with Windows 7, and I want to make a move to a larger hard drive. My first requirement is to migrate/restore the existing OS and data to the new drive, a question that has been answered here and several other places.
I'm going to buy a HD with enough space to comfortably hold both Windows 7 and a Linux OS, as I want to set up my laptop as a dual boot system.
So once I've backed up my existing system, what's the quickest/best way to get to a new dual boot system? I've found lots of information on backing up and restoring, and also how to install Linux on a machine that already has Windows, but I was wondering if there was any way to do it in fewer steps, or if there was a particular order of doing things that was best.