So I am trying to upgrade my laptop HDD. The external enclosure I bought won't spin up the 160gb HDD via 2-usb plugs. I was going to clone first, then swap. Thats not really an option any more though. So now I am wondering if I can swap first? Thats where I am thinking the bootable media comes in? I'm not quite sure I understand how it works though and thus I'm afraid I am making a wrong assumption. So I'm hoping that I create the bootable media. Swap the HDD's. Boot up the new drive (which has nothing on it, it is partitioned already) and put in the bootable media. Now this is where I get a little lost. I believe this just allows acronis to run without an OS present correct? Am I then correct in assuming that it allows you to clone from the external which will be the drive that was previously internal, thus containing the OS to the internal? At which point I'm good go? Is it that easy? I'm afraid its just too simple. Just to be clear, in case anyone was wondering, my hope is the external enclosure will spin up the presently 80gb internal I am using. My understanding is perhaps the 160gb requires too much power and thus doesn't spin? I was able to partition it by connecting it to my desktop via esata AND usb. So anyway hoping this all makes sense, I'm kinda new to this.