I still do not understand how I'm supposed to do any of this without having my original OS install. I'm still very new at all of this so when it says "partitions" I have NO IDEA what this is.
So could someone explain, in detail, how to "1.Move data off any non-OS partitions from OS HDD and delete these partitions."?
as well as
2.Shrink the OS partition to fit the new SSD.
3.Make an image of the OS partition to a 2nd or external HDD.
I think I could get it from there but these steps I don't know where to start.