Hello, I think my hard drive is nearing its end. I plan to get a new hard drive. current one is with 37GB and am planning to get a bigger one say 100GB. I have backed up the hard disk which has only one partition with acronis TI. I heard lot of bad stories that when you restore image into a bigger disk, the space will shrink. I want to use disk director to make partitions in new hard disk and restore image. My questions: I never used disk director before so, some basic questions are, 1. is it necessary to make partitions in new, bigger hard disk. 2. I know people keep OS in one partition, applications in another etc. How to do these. 3. please explain in sequence- like, make the image with TI, remove old hard disk, insert new hard disk, etc. 4. should I install DD in old disk or in new disk. 5. restoring into new, bigger disk without losing data. Grover and Mudcrab educated me on using acronis TI before, hope they or someone else will help me here. thanks a lot.