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...

  • Why can't you use any of the 100's of system imaging softwares out there? Aug 30, 2013 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, 2013 at 15:10
  • 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, 2013 at 16:10


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