Succinct explanation: My internal notebook HD has run out of space and I want to get a bigger one. This is my understanding of the procedure I should take: 1. Get Acronis True Image 2. Use it to create a disk image and store it temporarily on my external drive 3. Physically replace old internal drive with new, bigger internal drive 4. Restore image from external onto new internal Okay. This seems like a straightforward process, but the logistics confuse me. My biggest question is after putting in the new internal, how would I access the image on the external since my computer wouldn't have an operating system? Or does Acronis burn a CD from which I would insert and from there I can access my external and subsequently restore the image? I'm totally new at this as you can see, and if I'm going to invest a couple hundred bucks in this process I'd like to make sure it goes right the first time. Does anyone have any tips or suggestions or anything? I'd appreciate it! Edit: Also, I have not bought a new internal HD yet... is there anything I should be aware of so I don't get a drive incompatible with my computer, if such a thing is possible? What specs should I pay attention to? And am I in for a hell of a time opening up my notebook on my own and replacing the drive?