I've got a Windows 7 machine that's about to die and I want to transfer my data to another machine, or possibly to a disk image that I would then run inside of Parallels on my Mac. I could of course install Windows 7 from scratch, but then I'd have to reinstall dozens of programs and transfer many gigabytes of data, all of which takes a huge amount of time. So I'm wondering if it's possible to make an image of my Windows installation and just ghost it onto another machine, or into a new virtual machine in Parallels. Can this be done?
You can use Acronis True Image 2013 (30 days free trial) to create a full backup of your PC.
With the same software you restore that backup on other machines.
Of course you have to re-install drivers when your hardware has changed.
This article states that Parallels can import Acronis Backups.
(Since I don't own a Mac I can't tell you how well both software act together)