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

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


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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