I am pretty new to this whole Bleeping Computer stuff, but I sure have been having a lot of fun since I joined. My problem today is creating a system image. Here is my story.
1. I decided that when it is time to upgrade to Windows 10, I would like to do so via a clean install. In order to do this safely, I figured that it would be best to have a system image of my machine before I attempted a clean install.
2. So here is where I began running into problems. I did not know that a system image was so large, I thought that I could store a system image on a 32 gb USB drive. Following the directions that I was able to find here and there around the internet, the file that should contain my system image is like 70 gb or so. So then I decide to put this system image on a second internal hard drive, but my other hard drive has never been formatted. Now I need to transfer all of the data on that hard drive to an external hard drive so that I can format my internal hard drive. How do I move that data? Do I just click and drag or is there software to do this job? Then after I move the data, how do I format my hard drive? I have never formatted a hard drive before.
3. After I have done all of that, can I now follow the directions that I have and make a system image to my 2nd internal hard drive? Will any of this work as a plan to install Windows 10 as a clean install? Also, after I have a system image of my machine on the 2nd hard drive, can I then use that software as a means of re-installing the programs that are on my computer so that I can restore my system's functions after the clean install of Windows 10?
As you can see, I am confused and I am not sure what I am doing. Any help or guidance would be appreciated.
Attached is an image of my hard drives. Any other images that you need to help, I will try to provide.