Haven't tried it myself but Acronis would probably be my choice. Depending on the make of hard drive there could be tools available free from the hard drive manufacturers website that can do this as well.
Transfer from one HD to another in the same PC is one thing, but transfer to a different PC may throw up difficulties because the basic motherboard drivers in the old PC being different in the new one.
If it is a new PC you may have to start from scratch and build everything one at a time.
Acronis would be fine for restoring a whole drive to its original glory, but wont be able to deal with a new environment.
All data and some small non integrated self-executing programs can be transferred or simply copied.
I am in the process of this very task having bought a new computer a few weeks ago. I don’t think you can use a disk imaging program due to the reasons Diemmess states, and I’m certainly not trying.
It’s a long slog copying data over, and freshly installing all the software...note I said I bought the computer a few weeks ago...I’ve still not completely finished!
I have a home network, so I just added the new computer to the network and simply copied over the data. This only took a few hours; the big problem is getting all the settings and software loaded. For Office, I tried the “Save My settings Wizard”. However, I ran into a lot of problems because I have many files/links etc that, because my new computer is not set out EXACTLY the same as the old, ended up not being correct. Thus, whenever I started any part of Office, I got loads of error messages. I think it took longer to sort that out (including editing the registry!) that simply copying over Normal.dot for Word, and various VBA projects for all the others, by hand.
And, if you are like me, there will be a few CDs you can’t find!
However you do it...good luck!
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