|Ghost images are definitely hardware specific. You can't use the Ghost image on the new rig. |
It wouldn't work anyway because your new SATA controllers are different than the old ones.
You need to bite the bullet and perform a clean install of everything.
Still best to partition and separate the OS and programs. Also separate the programs from the personal files like photos, music, etc.
Each type requires different backup techniques. Install programs that change frequently on the OS (C) partition. You will be imaging that one more frequently. Things like AV, Ccleaner, etc.
Place your programs on the next partition. You probably don't change the installed programs very often, if at all. That means less frequent imaging.
Photos, music, etc. are probably already compressed about as far as can be so not sense in imaging them at all. A straight copy is easier and allows you to add new files without necessarily redoing the whole thing.
If you dual or triple boot then reserve space for that.
IMO it is much easier to run different OSes off of Primary partitions. Then they aren't dependent on the OS primary partition to exist. Even better yet, use a different hard drive completely. then you can use the built in drive selector instead of using a boot loader like Windows or Grub, etc.
What version of Ghost are you running?