Workstation backup tool for migrations

I'm looking for a good tool similar to ghost that will ideally let me ghost a PC into a file on an external drive, then use ghost explorer to access the data after we re-image the PCs. The reason I'm looking elsewhere to ghost is I'd preferable not need a licence to workstation. Licences per users / tech doing the work is preferable. 900 licences is something I'd like to avoid.

Sometimes I've seen that its faster to ghost a PC than just back up the data to a drive. Also this gives us a roll back option for some of our more customized PCs. (we have users with admin rights)

Another tool I'm looking for is an easy way to directly transfer files via cross over from XP to Windows 7 for the PCs we are replacing.
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You can use Acronis Backup and Recovery to image the computer and deploy the image to the new machine. There is an option of Universal Restore in Acronis which helps you to restore the image of one Machine to another with entirely different hardware specifications
Further you can mount the image created and browse and modify the contents of the image.

For the Windows Upgrade and transferring the data from XP to Windows 7, you need Laplink PC Mover

LapLink PC Mover

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