|I have an older Dell desktop that will need replacing shortly. The hard drive can be noisy, the memory is low, and the motherboard has issues. The hard drive is 250GB and runs Windows Vista Basic.|
There's a ton of stuff, programs etc. that I need that will likely not work on Windows 8. I need to keep Vista for now.
What's the least painful way of keeping it? Ideally, I'd be able to clone this hard drive onto a larger hard drive and stick that hard drive into a new desktop (somehow have to update drivers). Or I might need to partition the new hard drive and restore the current hard drive from a backup? At this point, what's the most sensible option - clone the Vista hard drive to an external hard drive at least for backup's sake, or clone to a larger internal drive in the hope of being able to use that in a new desktop without needing an intermediate backup/restore?