Greetings all - I recently bought a new Dell M1530 and got my apps installed. Made a backup. Then did file copies - made a backup. Within hours, the drive in the M1530 started to fail. Called Dell, got a new drive overnighted. Installed drive and began restore. I selected all partitions. Little background: The same day I got the apps and files on to the M1530, I rebuilt my 1505 to give to my better half. Used the same Acronis disk and the same USB Passport hard drive (which has all my backup images). That restored just fine. The new machine (the M1530) is Vista Home Premium 64, 2.5ghz core2, 4gb ram, 500gb hard drive. Just in case this means anything. I tried to do a full restore - all partitions. Freezes within minutes. Tried this using both images I created - same result. Finally tried partition by partition. This works till I get to the C drive - which freezes. I've run Dell diagnostics which claim all is fine. I've tried different ports for the USB drive - no joy. I was successful in getting all partitions except C back to the drive. That part of the restore begins, the time remaining starts at 16 minutes and goes to more than an hour - then it freezes. I'm fairly certain the drive is good. I'm fairly certain the USB drive is good. I'm not so sure of the M1530 in general, but let's assume it's ok. Any suggestions? Is Home 10 known for freezing during restore? Any suggestions at all?? Thanks.