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In the not so distant future, i plan to upgrade to a SSD for my boot drive and some applications. I would like to format my current hard drive and reinstall programs onto it again but that would just take forever. So, here comes the question...is there a way to delete windows off of my current hard drive after installing it onto the ssd, or can I transfer the windows installation or something similar? I don't want to have to redo all of my installations and stuff.

Thank you in advance.

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Use imaging software? Western Digital has Acronis True Image.
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Try Paragon backup and Recovery 10.1 Free.

Can do partition level restores.
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Use imaging software? Western Digital has Acronis True Image.
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Try Paragon backup and Recovery 10.1 Free.

Can do partition level restores.
can i take an image of the os and storage partitions separately? and even if i can do that...will the programs still run after being torn from their os? haha
    
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acronis home may not work... you would need there business/enterprise backup software that will perform a "bare-metal" image so you can reinstall on a different set of hardware.
    
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wonder if i'd be better off just biting the bullet and devoting a whole night to re-installing everything...i have a TB external drive to backup saves and such
    
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looks like that's what i'll have to do then...wish me luck
    
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I JUST did this. It's really not so bad. Grab a pen and paper and write down all the programs you'd need to reinstall, backup your steam games to an external, grab all your music, movies, pictures, downloads, files etc and put em on external and get to formatting. It took me about 3 days but I've had a total of maybe 6 hours across those three days free time to do it so 1 free night = cake walk. And man oh man is it worth it. Feels like a whole new pc . Amazing how much of a bottleneck old fashioned hdd's are....
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I JUST did this. It's really not so bad. Grab a pen and paper and write down all the programs you'd need to reinstall, backup your steam games to an external, grab all your music, movies, pictures, downloads, files etc and put em on external and get to formatting. It took me about 3 days but I've had a total of maybe 6 hours across those three days free time to do it so 1 free night = cake walk. And man oh man is it worth it. Feels like a whole new pc . Amazing how much of a bottleneck old fashioned hdd's are....
You've inspired me...I think I'll have to do it. This caviar blue is just holding me back...
    
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