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Quickest way to backup before reinstalling windows

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I am having constant problems with a variety of things and want to reinstall Windows. I have all my files backed up to some external hard drives, I just need to backup my programs etc. I know I can reinstall all of these again but is there a quicker way? They are all on my SSD apart from Steam and my games which are on another hard drive. Also, if I reinstall windows, will steam work on the newly installed windows or should I format that hard drive too? How should I go about reinstalling windows? Will it go smoothly or do I need to change and settings because I'm doing it onto an SSD?
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The absolute fastest way is to connect an SSD (internally) and move the data to it, because of the speed of the write to the drive.

The next fastest way (& cheaper) is to connect another HDD internally and move the data that way.

You may alway want to use the Files & Settings Transfer Wizard, that's one feature with Windows I have come to love big time when backing up computers or migrating them to new installs.

However if your computer is infected the infection may transfer over, so make sure you setup a good virus scanner (Like Microsoft Security Essentials - Free) before you do move the data or settings back.

There is also Windows Backup for Windows Vista & 7, that's an OK feature...

Karen's Replicator (google it) is really good for automated backup, and all of this could have been avoided if you would have had automated backup setup... (Something else I've come to learn too)

If the drives aren't empty, then you may need to re-parition them, download Ubuntu and use the GParted feature in them when you "Try Ubunutu" from booting the CD that you burn. (You will need to burn Ubuntu to a Disc (CD) and boot from it at startup).

If you read the Ubuntu Home Pages you can find information on how to get Ubuntu up and running for you, btw get the 32 bit, not 64!
Edited by _GTech - 8/15/11 at 9:22am
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