Thanks for your replies gregrocker and Golden.
As you say Greg, I don't have W8, the mobo just says EFI, so I presume this is not a secure boot situation. I have Windows 7 installed on the SSD, along with programmes such as Photoshop, Lightroom etc. I'm using this as my Windows boot drive.
I'd be reluctant to do a fresh install of Windows 7, as I've just got this one running satisfactorily
As I say, Linux Mint is installed on a 500GB drive. I'd like to keep the two OSs separate, and this has always been the simplest option in the past.
I've run Linux within Windows using the WUBI method in the past, but it is clunky compared to a proper install. I'm told that WUBI will not work with EFI boot loaders anyway.
I could, as you suggest Golden, try running it in VMWare, but I suspect the result would be similarly unsatisfactory. Also, one of the points for me, is that with Linux on another drive, if I have problems with Windows, I can get online with Linux and come here for help.
I've done this in the past, and it's saved my bacon
Damn EFI, this was such a simple procedure previously. Having looked at various Linux forums, I can see this issue is one that many are struggling with. I've seen about 5 different solutions, all of which are complex and involve messing around in the command line on both OSs.
I'm reluctant to do that, in case I screw my Windows install.
Maybe I'll just wait. I get the feeling that the Linux distros will be looking at including a solution in their next releases, as it in their interest to do so. Mint is based on Ubuntu, so a six monthly release cycle.
Thanks very much for your input guys, John