I am having a cloning issue that seems to be common across a number of threads in this forum but, I have yet to get a solution. I have an older IBM 380E ThinkPad with Windows2000 that I am upgrading the HDD from the original 2.1Gb to a 5.1Gb drive. Due to there being no USB or other external capabilities to attach another disk or CD-writer, I removed the drive and used the latest Acronis True Image 9.0 and an IDE to USB converter to attach to another newer ThinkPad. I created the Restore backup CDs and restored to the new drive using the same attachment method. BUT the newly restored disk will not boot. It shows the IBM splash screen and then the screen goes blank and shows a blinking cursor in the upper left corner. The disk is visible from any other computer as well as the Bios and Win2000 recovery console from a CD boot on the actual ThinkPad. I can not restore directly to the Thinkpad with the new HDD installed and the restore CDs for the Acronis Rescue CD will not boot with the Advance option. It just cycles back to the main menu. The Basic boot option does not let me see the CD Rom so I can restore from the backups created. I then removed the HDD again and used the Clone option with both the original and new HDDs attached at the same time via IDE to USB adapters. Despite taking hours of time (with no progress indications in the program screen) everything during the cloning process went fine. I removed the disk and installed in the ThinkPad again but, this disk will not boot. It shows the IBM splash screen and then the screen goes blank and shows a blinking cursor in the upper left corner. I've done FDISK /MBR from a Win98 boot-disk and also FIXMBR & FIXBOOT from a Windows 2000 recovery console. BOOTCFG from the Windows 2000 recovery console shows the proper startup location as well. I also attempted a full repair to the clone drive from the Win2000 CD. The repair completed fine but still no ability to boot. I quickly confirmed again that the drive is operational by formatting and installing a fresh load of Win2000 from the CD on the new clone drive. All works fine and the unit boots fine. I continued to reinstall the old drive at different times to confirm that nothing was corrupt with the original image. This is a cloning issue and I have read multiple entries in this forum about the same symptoms after cloning drives. There must be a common thread to the resolution or workaround for this issue. Any solution or direction would be appreciated.