Old system has XP SP2, IDE 40 Gig and 110 Gig; C and D drives, no additional partitions. Many applications installed, some in c:\Program Files and some in d:\ program files. no additional partitions. New system will have fresh XP install and 320 G SATA. Motherboard supports IDE and SATA. Building it up as a bare bones...... purchased new XP with system. Will true image allow me to connect the IDE drive(s) from the old system and migrate it to the new system, preserving application settings, registry values, etc.? How does Acronis resolve settings in the registry (new system registry will be dramatically different from old, but applications will be the same). I hate the thought of re-installing all the apps that are on the old system. I understand activation or re-activation will be required. Should I create a partition on the new drive (as D) and connect both drives to the ide port before starting? Is there a step-by-step process to accomplish this? I have not purchased Acronis 10 yet. Thanks for your help!