MY understanding is that you now have a normal HD, with a crtl-f11 restore function. Media Direct no longer works the way it did, but it still works- right? (The MD3 no longer uses a HPA). Everything being as it is, it sounds like you have a "normal hard drive"- with the added bonus of the ctrl+f11 restor system state from a new ghost image (right?). The reason this process used to mess up HD's is that once someone ghosted the whole drive, if they upgraded to a bigger drive USING the original HD's ghost image, this ctrl+f11 process would add the extra space to the HPA and then hide it- making the drive, for all intents and purposes, like the original ghosted one- if they didn't mess it up somewhere in the process. Once you set up MD2 (go through the setup menus- it's normal even on the stock system as it's shipped from Dell) you'll have a normal HD, with the bonus of that ctrl-f11 function- which is kinda sweet really, and the MD2 and DSR partition (and Dell Utility tools) hidden from the OS, though "discoverable" in partition software, with out any special tricks to "find" them. I've done it a few times and using the process it sounds like you tried, it's working fine -for me. I've updated the ghost image of the new HD (without that LBA-3; I never ghosted the original, just the partitions!!!!) and replaced it on the new drive so now when I do the crtl+f11 it restore my new drive to a complete previous working state with everything ready to go. MD works fine, but it's no longer hidden from partition stuff- it's just hidden from the OS. I hope that helps!