In the past couple of days I had a strange thing happen with my Dell E1505 while going from a 5400 RPM 40G to 7200 RPM 80G. I've seen several reference to this problem on the forum, none of which seem to have the same solution, so it seems to be cropping up a lot. I saved a standard .tib image of the 40G to an external USB backup drive, installed new 80G in the laptop, booted up using the Acronis recovery CD I had made before, did a full drive restore, and voila - the embedded firmware in my new 80G drive was now reporting to the laptop's setup program that it was a 40G drive! This was not just a partition size problem either, since the drive's firmware parameter for drive capacity had actually been altered, either during the emergency recovery CD's bootup, or by TI itself when I did the restore. I know it was altered because the Hitachi DFT utility, which reads the drive's firmware, said so. I called Hitachi (they appear to have very polite and knowledgeable tech support people) and was told I'd have to go into the drive firmware using Hitachi's "Feature Tool v2.03" utility (available in the support/downloads section of their website), change the drive capacity back to 80GB, and reformat the drive to get back to square one. They, of course, couldn't help me with how to avoid this happening again with TI. I did this and it worked fine, although I ended up with an actual formatted capacity of about 75G instead of 80, still don't know why. The next question was how to get the 40G image onto the freshly formatted 80G without all this happening again. Since my original Dell drive still had the FAT-32 Concurrent DOS Restore Partition intact, I didn't care about having that restore function (CTRL-F11 on boot) available on the new drive. So, I put the old drive back in the laptop, deleted the original .tib image file, and did a new backup, this time backing up only two of Dell's original three partitions: The "EISA Configuration" partition (FAT-16), and the "C" drive (NTFS). Then I put the newly formatted 80G drive back in the laptop and restored the two partitions one at a time, the EISA Configuration partition first. This time, TI offered to resize the partitions as they were restored. On the small EISA FAT-16 partition I left the partition size the same. The larger "C" NTFS partition I resized up to 60GB (wanted to leave room for Linux) and everything worked without a hitch. The Ubunu Linux install in the remaining unallocated space went fine, and I'm back in business with a larger (and very noticeably faster) drive and dual boot Windows/Ubuntu. It's worth noting that back when I did the restore the first time (when the drive parameters got altered), TI did NOT offer me an option to resize the partitions during the restore. I'm assuming this was because I had backed up and restored the entire drive as a "lump", instead of doing it partition by partition. If you own a machine with an IBM/Travelstar/Hitachi drive, it's worth your while to download Hitachi's bootable utilities from their website and keep them handy. Slightly earlier versions of them are also available on the incredibly useful (and free) "Ultimate Boot CD" at http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/. Sorry for the long-winded post, but this was a pain to sort out, and maybe this will help someone else. Lastly, does anybody have any idea how/why TI overwrote the firmware's drive capacity parameter in my new drive to force it to match the size of the drive the image file came from? I'm way far from expert on this stuff, but this sounds like a bad thing to me.