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Hey guys,

I'm entering college this fall and I'm considering buying gaming laptops.

Currently, my gaming pc has 3 harddisks (full of games and save files), running windows 7.

Is it possible to backup or clone my whole pc into the new gaming laptop, so that the laptop is identical to my gaming pc (including my valuable savefiles and gaming accomplishments )

If yes, please brief me a bit on how to do it.

Thanks
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I don't like to clone when moving to new hardware because of driver differences. You could use a program like Macrium Reflect Free (http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp) to create a backup image to clone from, but device driver incompatibilities from old to new hardware may cause issues.

I prefer to do a "manual" migration when going to complete new hardware. I use game save manager to backup my game saves. It pre-coded to know where on the HDD to look for your game save information (since every other game sticks it somewhere else)

Read about game save manager here
http://gsm.duncsweb.com/
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If your going to buy a laptop then youll get a OS with it. You can use the file and settings wizard to move things and settings over so they can look close enough to each other
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I don't like to clone when moving to new hardware because of driver differences. You could use a program like Macrium Reflect Free (http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp) to create a backup image to clone from, but device driver incompatibilities from old to new hardware may cause issues.

I prefer to do a "manual" migration when going to complete new hardware. I use game save manager to backup my game saves. It pre-coded to know where on the HDD to look for your game save information (since every other game sticks it somewhere else)

Read about game save manager here
http://gsm.duncsweb.com/
you can use sysprep for that to put it in the 'out of box experience' when you turn the clone on. It will clear and re-detect hardware. google sysprep if you've never heard of it.

But you'll still run into SIDs everywhere. Best option is to script the install and your overlay on top of it. I've never really done that, but i've had interesting results after a clone/restore multiple times.
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I don't like to clone when moving to new hardware because of driver differences. You could use a program like Macrium Reflect Free (http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp) to create a backup image to clone from, but device driver incompatibilities from old to new hardware may cause issues.

I prefer to do a "manual" migration when going to complete new hardware. I use game save manager to backup my game saves. It pre-coded to know where on the HDD to look for your game save information (since every other game sticks it somewhere else)

Read about game save manager here
http://gsm.duncsweb.com/
I tend to agree with TheChris, due to drive compatibility issues. I've never heard of sysrep, but I still prefer manual migration because it helps you clear clutter because you don't have to replace or reinstall stuff you really don't need. There is also a great feeling that comes with having a fresh new OS install.

That being said, if you would still prefer to clone, I would suggest Driveimage XML. I've used it mostly for backup, but it does have the ability to clone. I would check it out even if you decide not to clone.
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Acronis will do backup/clone, and its free since you have a WD drive.
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hey guys, if i use the window's backup program,
then select backup everything to my external
(i'm moving to another country)
then restore everything in my new pc.
would this work?
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You could just clone the drive, it's W7 and that has little problems with changing hardware. clone+sysprep should be all you would need. =) I can't help you out with anything else because I generally don't even clone. =P
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