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I have Windows 8 running on a computer but the hard drive is always spiking to 99% and it becomes really laggy. I'd like to move it over to a new machine. Is there anyway I can do this without having to reinstall the OS and my applications? I'd like to keep my set up.

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    I think what you're looking to do is clone your hard drive (or partition(s)). This can be done by creating an image of it with imaging software. – Raystafarian May 2 '14 at 15:27
  • From there I can install it on any other hardware? – Batman May 2 '14 at 15:28
  • You're going to find it difficult to just take an image of your current PC and port it over to a PC with different hardware. You're going to come across all sorts of driver issues, if it boots at all. – Josh May 2 '14 at 15:28
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    Beware that if you have an OEM copy of windows, it will detect the change of hardware and request reactivation, for which you will need a new product key, as will any other software installed as OEM – Simkill May 2 '14 at 15:28
  • I have an MSDN account, could I use one of those keys? – Batman May 2 '14 at 15:31
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I recommend DriveImage. It can clone drives so you can just plug in the new drive and clone to it. But do be careful with new hardware... it may not work

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Using the same disk image may not work with your other computer because of different hardware. I recommend a fresh install of operating system to avoid loss of time.

However if you are determined to try "moving" your OS, I recommend Redo Backup. It is free, open source, reliable and very simple to use.

Using Redo, take a backup of your disk image to an external hard disk or to a network point and then restore that image to your other computer using Redo again.

  1. Download Redo Backup CD image from its website.
  2. Write it to a CD or USB flash drive.
  3. Plug in that CD or USB flash drive and turn your computer on.
  4. Using boot options, make your computer boot from that CD/USB drive.
  5. Click "Backup" or "Restore" icon on your screen and follow the simple instructions.

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