I have a T41 ThinkPad XP Pro with a 30GB Hitachi HD. I bought a 160 GB Seagate Maximus to replace the Hitachi, intending to clone it via an external enclosure on the USB. I read there could be some problems in cloning this laptop's HD due a hidden partition IBM used to store the Rescue and Recovery software. In the article, it was referred to as a Host Protected Area (HPA). I have three questions: First, will TI clone this hidden partition plus the C: partition and produce a fully-functional system drive? Second, if it does, will I be able to swap the old and new drives back and forth - in other words, does TI do anything to the old drive that would make it inoperable? Three, if I can find a way to get rid of that HPA, would TI be a complete replacement for the vendor-provided R&R software? BTW, my version of TI is 7.0. Got it several years ago, just getting around to having a need for it. Thanks for your help.