Here’s the scenario:
I have 2 laptops. A Sony Vaio and a Compaq. My dad uses one (Compaq) and I use the other (Sony). Now we need to switch. My dad needs the Sony, so I’ll take the Compaq. Ofcourse, each of us wants our data intact. Just as it is.
1. What are my options ? What disk image software should I get ?
I’d rather be able to create an image of individual logical partitions, rather than the entire physical hard disk.
The Sony has enough space to make an image of the entire disk. I’m not sure of the Compaq yet. I have a USB CD Writer. So an option to write the image directly to multiple spanned CDRs will be preferred.
2. What happens to system specific drivers etc. ?
I mean, I’m gonna be switching (logically speaking) the 2 hard disks, so now the Compaq’s gonna get all Sony specific hardware drivers loaded and similarly the Sony. What problems would this create ? I’m guessing I’m gonna have yellow question marks all over the device manager, and a reinstall from the original driver disks should fix this. But if you have any experience with this do let me know.
- Anything else I should be aware of ?
Additional Info: One’s running Windows XP and the other’s on Windows ME. Both have CD-ROM drives and USB ports. Backups of critical data to other logical drives on both systems shall be made before attempting any imaging/restoring procedures.
Now, how shall I proceed ?
Thanks for your inputs.