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I've used a couple of disk-imaging tools in the past; but they always required the hardware on the machine be identical to the one that created the image. Is this still the case?

I have a work-related PC that requires a fair amount of specialized applications to be installed and configured. I'm getting a new PC and wondering if I could create an 'image' of the old one and install it on the new.

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We use Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery for this. We also have a great deal of specialized software that takes a lot of time to install. Save a great deal of time and really handy if the system fails. Just took an image from an approximately one year old laptop and restored to a four year old model. A few driver fixes and we were ready to go.
There is an eval on their site Symantec BESR

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