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All these cheap terabytes are giving me headaches. I have few multi TB drives at home and most of them are over 50% full, and now I think my W7 machine needs a re-haul.

I'm from the old school way of doing those things, unless I format the drive I don't think I can call it a clean install. The notion of deleting all these programs, and the notion of backing up all the data on system drive makes me nauseous.

But what I really want to know is - do we have a software that could make a image from my clean installation ?

This is basically what I'm looking for:

  • I install the Windows on a clean drive
  • I set up all the settings, preferences, bookmarks, programs
  • back it up somewhere, somehow - so the next time my computer gets sluggish and slow, I just revert back to that state?

Don't say System Restore, I have nothing but bad experience with that tool...

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Why can't you use any of the 100's of system imaging softwares out there? –  Scott Chamberlain Aug 30 '13 at 15:10
Yes the software exists. There are free and paid dozens upon dozens of choices. I won't provide recomendations because sotware recomendations are not on topic ( and this question has been asked before multiple times ) –  Ramhound Aug 30 '13 at 15:10
possible duplicate of Software to backup data and files on a Windows computer –  Moses Aug 30 '13 at 15:20
Maybe you just want some harddrive space back? Much simpler to run WinDirStat and see what's using the space. Not sure what that warrants a clean OS install. –  Chris O Aug 30 '13 at 16:10
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