Hello I have a question regarding trying to image a dell laptop and acronis ver 9. I've used acronis many times imaging harddrives and it has worked out fine. I'm having a problem imaging a dell laptop e1550. I removed the 40 gig sata harddisk from the laptop and dump an img file to my main computer. I want to image over the file to a larger harddrive 100 gig sata. I image over the drive to the new one from the main computer via windows. It images over to the new drive sucessfully. Then usually their is unallocated space which would be the extra space from the larger harddrive. I open Partition magic to see the partitions and notice 3 partitions. Problem is the Unallocated space is stuck after a dell partition. I deleted the dell partition and make the second partition use the unallocated space. Problem is winxp bluescreens. So I go ahead and hook the hd backup to my main computer. The harddrive is saying it needs formatting? I go into disk management,the drive appears but it reads as 40 gigs? I open up partition magic,it shows a 90 gig parition except it appears to have a problem. I go ahead and format the harddrive via windows to dump the image back over. Now the harddrive reads as 40 gigs even though it's a 100 gig harddrive? Basically what I'm wanting to know,is their something I'm doing,Acronis software or dell laptop/parition is doing to screw up the harddrives? I've actually tried this on a second sata harddrive different brand and same result. Both harddrive are now 40 gigs? I've dban 3 pass wipe,to see if that would fix it,but still reads as 40 gigs. The only thing I can think of is perhaps that hpa space somehow took the unallocated space from the harddrive? Did the dell laptop somehow write to the firmware of the harddisk? Is their any way to fix these drives? I've tried a bare drive in the laptop and that works fine,but you have to do a fresh install. Any help would be appreciate,because I'm stump to why this happened.