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My hard disk is dying on my laptop.  The laptop has a lot of other problems too so I am considering getting a new one. I do have a lot of programs installed on my current laptop that are a pain to setup, install and configure so i was wondering if there was a way to basically mirror everything as is on to the new machine.  So, basically I want to have everything the way it is on my current laptop without having to go through the work of setting everything up again.

My current laptop is running Windows 8.
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There are many third-party applications that will create an image of your system and enable you to copy it to a new hard drive.

Try Macrium Reflect Free
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I use Clonezilla all the time for things like this.  As long as you're using a larger replacement drive it works every time, no hassle, extremely easy.

Use a boot CD or USB, and external USB hard drive, and you're good to go.

http://www.clonezilla.org/clonezilla-live.php
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by:Fred Marshall
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I prefer to use Paragon Drive copy for integrating into the new computer.
The process goes like this:

Back up all the drivers from the new computer.

Using whichever tools you like, clone the old computer's hard drive onto a new hard drive.
This may be simply precautionary.  You could make a backup image ofthe old hard drive and then use *it* as the "clone" if you intend to continue to use it for the new system.  Otherwise, take the new hard drive and make it a clone of the original.

Put the hard drive clone in the new computer.  

Set up Paragon Drive Copy boot clone adjustment with the backed up drivers on the CD you will burn for this purpose.  

Boot to the CD and adjust the old operating system / disk to the new hardware.  

As usual in installing a new OS, check that all the devices are installed.

I've done this a number of times.  One issue could be authenticating Windows.  I've not had any problems with that but it can be a matter to be dealt with.
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by:nobus
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i use als paragon software - here the free version, so you cvan try it :
http://www.paragon-software.com/free/      
when you restore the image to the new disk  - you can select adapt to new hardware

note that you will have the OLD  OS on the new laptop; it is not sure you'll find all the drivers for it.
What is your OLD OS ?
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