Quote: Originally Posted by whs
Apart from the problem that Ignatz mentioned you would also have serious driver problems. You also have a size problem because it is not only the size of the data that counts but also the size of the partition. The receiving partition must be equal or larger in size than the partition from where the image came.
Bottom line: It is not possible. If your new Vaio dies, you'll just have to get another one.
The images you have right now are only good for the PC from where you took them. Should the HDD fail, you can install a replacement HDD and dump the images on that - this is possible provided the new HDD has the same or a larger size.
not actually true. sysprep the system, shutdown, boot with your imaging media, make your image to an external. Boot with your imaging software and external HDD, deploy image to new hardware.
Boots up, you have all your software, profiles, and settings still in there. Just install any missing drivers and you are done.
I just did my dual boot system (not as simple as listed above but same concept). Transferred from a C2D E8400 with a Gigabyte mother board to a I5-2500K with Asus mother board and it worked flawlessly. Condensed 12hours worth of install and updating into 1.5 hours worth of work.