Hi, and thanks for reading. I've cloned successfully before using Ghost, but it was always a hassle and took 30 hours without USB 2.0 drivers. My friend helped me clone successfully with Acronis 10 last year, but he's not here now. Yesterday I popped in the Acronis 11 (I still have 10 too) boot CD and successfully cloned my 100 GB Toshiba to the new 250 GB Western Digital Scorpio (both non-SATA). I was ecstatic that I got no errors! So, I removed the 250 GB which I had hooked up by USB 2.0 and booted from the 100 GB Toshiba. It was the same as before the cloning operation. Then, I put the 250 inside the laptop and the Windows XP logo and the little scrollbar looking thing came up, but, after that, it just kept re-booting. I tried boot off of the new drive using USB 2.0 with the slot in the machine empty and got the same thing (the old hard drive will boot off USB or internally). I put the 250g in and tried repairing XP but no luck. Safe mode no luck. I put in the Acronis CD and saw that the new drive is listed as Active, Primary, and with the drive letter C, so that's not the problem. I mean, it ALMOST boots! So today I reinstalled Windows on the 250g and it's still the same. So, today, I am going to re-clone. It only took about 1.5 hours (less if I delete some X-files episodes) for my 60 gb or so, so, I don't mind redoing after a reformat. BUT, what should I do differently. I know the first advice will be to pull the old Toshiba drive after cloning and put it back it, but that really won't make any difference seeing that the machine is off (but I'll do it anyway, as well as pull the battery). Also, I might try to use Acronis 10 again this time. Maybe it will work. But, I really don't think either of these will work. Any advice? If the advice works I'll stop back and tell you if it works or not. I really appreciate it!