Well after doing a little bit of googling I found this tutorial which is a different route than what I followed. However still being what I like to call an intermediate noob I don't quite understand certain parts. First of all I purchased a USB to SATA adapter so that I could transfer the data from my old HDD drive to my new one. I believe if I plug the new drive into my USB through the adapter Windows recognizes it an external drive which is part where my knowledge gets fuzzy and I don't have a total grasp on what exactly this tutorial is expressing.
From the tutorial...
"First of all, you should already have the new, replacement hard drive mounted in either an external USB- or FireWire-connected enclosure, or mounted within the laptop itself
(in something like a ThinkPad's Ultrabay).
- Does the cord I have suffice? Or will I need to purchase an enclosure?
When cloning to another internal hard drive, the process can be done within Windows. However, when cloning to an external drive, you need to have prepared an emergency boot disk within True Image and to have booted the notebook from it.
- What exactly does this mean? How would I go about doing this? Anything else I need or should know?
Note that it's not possible to create a bootable disk on an external drive in Windows because of a flag that Windows sets that identifies the drive as external.
True image will not warn you about this, and the documentation is not clear, either. We had to learn this from tech support."
- Again what does this mean? Will I not be able to accomplish this with the cord I have? I only have one hard drive bay so I don't see any other way of accomplishing this unless the drive is external. Any help?
Here is the tutorial:
Tutorial: How to Clone a Laptop Hard Drive with Acronis True Image Home 2009
If anyone would mind reading this and maybe explaining a bit more in lay-mens terms and whether I'll be able to accomplish this with what I have?
Thanks in advance to anyone that can help.