Because I am going to use my network, first off all I will show you how it is setup:
- Desktop PC (200 GB free space, 320 GB HDD win7x64 sp1) connected to router
- Laptop1 (my old laptop, win 7x64 sp1, 268 GB used, 500 GB HDD) connected to router
- Laptop2 (brand new, win 7x64 sp0, 640 GB HDD, 30 GB used) connected to router
--1 gbit network
--Router gives internet to each connected machine, and all machines can access each other's shared files with no problem. Connections work great.
Now my (complex?) question:
I have bought a new laptop, which is much more powerful than my old one, however my old one is still powerful
And well, to not spend 50 hours working, on settuping the new laptop with all the software etc etc, I want to ghost my old laptop drive to the new laptop drive.
It will be the first time of my life I am backing up something so I want some advice on how to do it properly,
So, is it just as easy as making a ghost image, then sending over the network to the new laptop, and then ghost it into the new laptop?
Can this be done if my laptops have just one disk each?
Can I ghost directly onto a network location?
Won't it be a problem for the brand new laptop, that it will ghost on the main drive, where the 'new' but 'older (sp0)' Windows 7 is?
Will any ghosting program allow me to ghost the 'currently in use' drive? (like restarting, and the program will ghost the drive?
Maybe I need to accomplish it in anothher way?
Also no need to worry about drivers, BSOD's etc, I can figue that out myself if I encounter any problems booting into my ghosted windows on the new laptop.
I just need to copy over the disc so I don't need to reinstall any of my games which use serials etc... and windows activation wouldn't be any problem because all the 2 laptops have windows 7 home premium stickers with keys on it.
Well that was my big question, I hope somebody can help me out.
(Please don't suggest to put my old laptop HD into the new laptop, That is not what I want to accomplish!)
Another reason why I want to ghost it:
I have tweaked the system for extreme performance, windows never hangs, it's even unable to do that, and I never ever got any BSOD on my old laptop. Also I did apply many patches such as Dreamscene and many other things I forgot, Services.msc has been optimized by me for really a long time. Would be nice to preserve all that!
I am a software developer, so on my old laptop, there are many libraries downloaded and installed into the system, which would require again very much work.