You can manually delete the windows partition and keep your current install, or you can just reinstall it from the USB but select the "Erase disk and install Zorin OS" option. Manually deleting the windows partition can be done but it's easy to make a mistake and delete the wrong thing if you don't know what you're doing. If you erase disk, you will have to backup your stuff. I would recommend you use another usb/cd (can't be the one you use to install Zorin) or a cloud storage service like Mega or Dropbox to save your important files.
In that case you can just remove your current sdd and add a new one, and then install zorin os the same way you did before with a USB except this time instead of the "Install alongside" option you can use the "Erase disk" option
yes - I could start all over again (besides: I have no clue how to format / partition that new piece of hardware) but my point was to transfer everything I have downloaded and configures and setup on and personalized on my existing system and NOT to start all over again
okay, I assume with all hidden files but one question remains: I have only access to one drive at a time because the SSD is notebook build in - how / where can I secure all this home stuff (online?) to have access after I replaced the SSD?
You can use Pcloud or Sync.com...
An external USB Drive...
That is my own way is a plug in external drive.
It's new and unfamiliar, but once you explore it, you get used to it pretty quickly.
You recognize what you can save and what you can declutter.
This is why I prefer this method- because instead of something else unintelligently backing up everything, you find yourself doing needed spring cleaning as you go.
Its slightly more complex for me, since I Use Launchpad to upload my work; I must also export my public and secret keys and then import them on the new build.
That is one of many examples that may influence why I prefer my method. Since I must do more things than just plug 'n' go. It helps me remember and keep tabs on all the little things that need to be checked and moved and rechecked.
okay thank you very much guys. I will organize an USB C external drive, move that home files, replace the SSD with a fresh new one and reinstall zorinOS from USB stick, then doing the reository thing and then the home directory recovertransfer