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