I just bought a Dell D531 laptop. I tried cloning the drive to an external USB drive. Here are the problems I encountered, using True Image 10.0. with Windows XP. 1. The screen goes blank as soon as I start True Image and click Clone and Reboot. When it reboots I can't see anything. I read something on the forum that this isn't unusual because Acronis uses Linux, and Linux might regquire different video drivers. Also, someone said they overcame the blank screen problem by attaching a CRT monitor. I updated my video driver (not using a linux driver) to the latest ATI driver available. It didn't help. I attached a Sony CRT monitor ran the Clone software and that monitor didn't show anything on the screen. And yes, I did try using Fn f8, which is the D531 monitor toggling switch. Nothing worked. Result--blank screen. 2. Nevertheless, having used True Image 10 on my desktop machine very successfully over the last number of months, I knew what happens when True Image reboots and starts to clone the drive. As far as I can tell, even though there was nothing on the monitor to guide me, I successfully cloned the internal drive onto the USB drive. But...read on. 3. Of course, when I bought into Windows XP, the boot process stops and I get an error NTLR not found (or someting like that), because Windows is trying to boot from the USB drive. So, I tried taking my True Image rescue disk--with the USB drivers on them--to boot with USB drive attached. It does boot, and goes into the True Image software. And then click on Clone and it tells me it only sees my C: drive, not the USB drive. 4. When I shut down the computer and disconnect the USB drive, and then boot into Windows XP, and the plug in the USB drive, I can see that drive, and I can see the contents. It appears to contain all the files on my cloned C: drive. But... 5. Since I can't clone my C drive, since I've had to boot from that drive, I can't clone the USB drive to the C drive. Talk about vicious cycles. 6. One more frustrating thing. I attempted, quite logically I thought, to remove the laptop drive and clone it using my desktop machine. Both use SATA drives. However, the desktop machine will not recognize the internal laptop drive. Now that is really weird. I would gladly remove the internal laptop drive and attach it to the desktop machine as a way of cloning it, but as you can say, that approach isn't working. 7. Surely, someone out there has figured out a realtively simple, hopefully foolproof way, to clone a laptop drive to an external drive. And please don't see I have to install Linux. As you can appreciate, my lilfe is complicated enough as it is Anyone out there who can give me help solving what appears to be a simple problem? Thanks.