I've read tons and think cloning is the only way to go. I'm hoping to find an appl to clone XP, 7 and Linux Mint (for now) to partitions and data to DVD and/or thumbdrives.
Forums on every site show problems w/every appl: Acronis, Windows built in, Macrium, etc. I don't know if hardware issues would cover some of the problems but many posters are well versed professionals so I doubt user error is always to blame.
Looking for suggestions from users who have successfully cloned to new hardware for Linux and Windows. I figure is anything dies besides just the HD I'll be covered. Currently believe Paragon BU & Recovery in it's various flavors, outclasses Acronis. But it doesn't cover Linux OS's.