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Hello!

I've been considering redoing windows on my PC sometime soon, and I had the thought of adding a separate partition of windows on my 2TB hdd. The thought is that I can have this second "vanilla" copy of windows that I can just clone over onto my SSD whenever I want to redo windows again, and not have to worry about going through all the little optimizations and settings I normally do with a fresh install. The rest of the hdd would be used how I have it now, as storage for games and large programs or folders. I wouldn't boot from it unless I was going to be cloning it.

First of all, would this work? I assume it would but I'm not entirely sure. And as the title asks, what would be the recommend size of this partition? All I think I would do on it is get my normal programs in place and do the windows updates. It would be 64-bit version by the way, which from what research I did found that it was 20GB itself.

Thanks, and +rep were deserved. smile.gif
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Just make an image. You can make an image with Windows built in backup and restore center. Then if you want to restore to default you just restore your image.
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Originally Posted by Mygaffer View Post

Just make an image. You can make an image with Windows built in backup and restore center. Then if you want to restore to default you just restore your image.

Would an image be able to have a changeable partition size once copied from?
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Would an image be able to have a changeable partition size once copied from?

Yes, of course. Any modern imaging software will be able to restore an image to any large enough partition. Acronis works very well for this purpose.

EDIT: Let me add some more info. Basically what you want to do is take a snapshot of your existing Windows installation, or a fresh installation, and then restore that if something is screwed up with your computer. Windows itself has this capability but other programs, like Acronis True Image, give you greater flexibility and more options. I recommend you create your image file with Acronis. This will result in a file you can store on any volume. You can store it on your C: drive, although you would have to move it to another volume when restoring, you can store it on another data drive, you can store it on a large enough flash drive or external drive, etc. When you want to restore from this image file you just boot the Acronis, or whichever software you use, and restore the image to whichever disc you want. You could even restore to another drive just to test if a reload will solve a particular problem you may or not be having.

Hope that helps you out. Back to work for me!
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