Ok so stats are:
dell studio 1537
4 gb memory
230 GB WD sata HDD
2.3 Ghz intel dual core
on first attempt to clone it appeared to clone but would not boot, had the blinking _ in the top corner.
on subsequent arrempts, i kept getting various drive errors, pc disk clone x kept saying drive wasnt empty, and norton just gave me drive errors, nothing specific, or at least that i can remember. I consulted a local repair guy for advice but he wasnt too optimistic on cloning, said i might have to just do a fresh install. Any other info you guys might need just ask, i'd rather not waste time doing a fresh install if i can clone.
going to attempt what cin19 suggests right now.