There are many good reasons to image a computer hard drive. It will provide protection against
- Accidental deletion of files
- Corruption of files, file system or windows system due to software bug
- Hard disk corruption or failure
- Theft of computer
In the case of lost files or a failed, corrupted hard drive, an image restore will get you up and running again.
Unfortunately, if you need to buy a new computer, the situation is rather more complex. Windows is optimised to boot as quickly as possible and this is achieved by only loading drivers for your system. This means, however, that if you try to boot an installation of windows on new hardware, you are likely to encounter the dreaded blue screen of death (or BSOD).
You can also encounter this issue, if you are moving your system to a virtual machine, from a virtual machine or changing your storage configuration, such as switching to a RAID setup.
As this is a situation commonly encountered by our customers, we have developed a tool call ReDeploy. It is designed make the complex process of getting windows running on new hardware as easy and intuitive as possible.
You can read about it in more detail here