How do I transfer everything (hard drive image) to a completely new *laptop* computer?
I'm new to posting threads and usually resort to just reading them, but I have yet to see an answer to my question and have been working on this for several days....
HOW I GOT HERE:
My computer was recently trashed (in a fire) and all the contents there-in lost. On the plus side, prior to my laptop being destroyed, I made a complete backup of the whole system, programs, everything... using "CMS Bounceback Data Transfer 9.2". I thought I got lucky by leaving this HD in a fire-proof safe. The HD still works and the heat apparently did nothing to the contents inside the safe. What's even luckier is that my old computer was a Dell Inspiron laptop (destroyed).... and I have a new one (same brand/model) which I can use but it has no HD in it.
I thought "no problem" I can just put the HD in it that I created using the "CMS Bounceback Data Transfer 9.2", right? Well, so far I am finding I was wrong. I am finding a lot of stuff online which says that product and the "image" / clone it creates is only good/compatible with the original laptop.
*** Does anyone have any ideas as to how I can make the HD (which does run just fine... has BIOS, etc.) compatible so that Windows loads on my new computer?*** I have Windows Vista SP1 operating system... after inserting the HD into the new (well it is about 4 years old but new to me) Dell Inspiron laptop and starting it up, I get the WIndows logo but it completely stalls out while it attempts to "load the desktop".
Additional info: I have a Themaltake BlacX Duet .... so I can go in through a back door on another computer if you guys have any ideas on how to manually change or remove entries to the new laptop HD (the recovery HD). Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.