I apologize in advance if my forum search missed any similar queries but I couldn't find any cases close enough to mine to hang my hat on, so here goes: I have a Dell XPS Gen 2 laptop with an OEM-installed 60GB PATA drive with 2 partitions: (1) NTFS (C) with total physical size of 55.83 GB and (2) FAT 16 with 47.03 MB. I am running Windows XP SP 2. Goal: to move everything to a new, larger drive (i.e., to replace the old 60 GB internal HDD for a new 100 GB internal HDD). I have an external USB enclosure for the new drive (Apricorn EZ-Upgrade). I also have Acronis TI Workstation 9.1 with Universal Restore. I have read that cloning is not really an option because of the existence of the stupid hidden partitions created for Dell Media Direct, so I suppose I'll have to make an image of the old drive. I don't know if this should influence the way I make the transition, but the laptop in question is also a samba client possessing a workgroup name and user accounts, and has access to shares on a networked Linux workstation. If cloning is truly not an option for my particular situation, do I need to create an image on the new drive (seated in the external enclosure), swap the old drive for the new one and then boot from the recovery disk? Or am I missing something? If it turns out that my Acronis product CAN deal with the hidden partitions, do I need to prepare my system using sysprep? Or can I skip this step since I'm simply replacing one drive with another, larger capacity drive? Or, is my situation likely to create enough problems that I should just set up the new drive in the enclosure and use it as external storage (although I'd prefer to simply replace the old drive so that everything is self-contained)? Any advice is much appreciated!