I'm not sure if there is an explanation for this. I took an image with True Image Home 11 within Windows XP. Hooked up the original SATA drive with an USB enclosure and the image was also written to a separate USB drive. Then, when I did the restore within Windows, it went fine without errors. However, when I put the new drive into the laptop, it will not boot. I tried everything to rebuild the MBR using the Acronis Utility disc, Windows XP's fixboot & fixmbr, as well as doing a Repair install of Windows XP. Nothing worked. I then decided used the rescue boot disc and tried the restore that way. In the end, that worked. Nothing was different. I used the same image (tib) files, restored to the same drive, and once that was done, the laptop was able to boot using the new drive. My question is, why would it behave this way? It does not make any sense. The laptop is a ThinkPad, and I made sure the Service Partition was not imaged. One thing that was different was the time it took to do the restore. Within Windows, it took about an hour (for the 50 GB of info), but with the Rescue CD, it took 3.5 hours. I have had no problems imaging previously using the GUI within Windows, but this time, it refused to work. At first I thought there were problems with the new hard drive, but I tried three different drives, and the results were the same, none of them booted.