Maybe I am the only one in the world that didn’t know how to clone a lap top hard drive while it was still in the lap top to a new hard drive that I had put in a USB carrier. It failed the first time I tried and I supposed since the USB drive was not bootable, it couldn’t be done. BUT YES YOU CAN CLONE TO A USB HARD DRIVE BUT FIRST I HAD TO UPDATE ACRONIS TI 9.0. After the update, everything worked great!!! See the following email response from Acronis: My e-mail to Acronis: When I try to clone my laptop Computer drive to a USB external drive everything goes well until the computer restarts at which time I get a notice that it can not find the (USB, I think) drive. It cancels the cloning and just restarts windows. The Acronis had not partitioned the new drive. When I do a "windows e" and view "my computer" it does not show the external USB drive but I still have the icon to safely remove it. Where do I find the procedure to clone a laptop computer with an external hard drive? Thank You Reply from Acronis: Hello, Thank you for your interest in Acronis software! http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/ Please accept our apologies for the delay with the response. Please install the below update with disabled logging and see whether the problem persists. http://download.acronis.com/support/SnapAPI.297_s_e.exe If the problem still persists please try to use Acronis Bootable Media to clone. You can create this media using Acronis True Image 9.0 Home from Windows environment. Thank you.