Back again, Makavelli it's worked a treat,thanks. I'm writing this on the new hard drive I've just imaged!! Downloaded Acronis home 11, installed the program,it then does a reboot. Ran it and cloned to the slave hard drive. I reckon the whole process took about half a hour. Every thing is just as it is on the other drive,boots up great. Really easy steps to follow. Must say i am truly amazed!!. I simply changed the boot order in the bios for the hard drives and presto! Had to check i was actually on the new drive as boot time, loading of the taskbar etc is the same !. Everything is running smooth as. Will clone my other 3 comps tomorrow. The wife and daughter have so much photos,documents etc, its a nightmare to try to save it all to cd. Not to mention all the passwords,favorites etc. Pretty sure i'll invest in this program. Bye the way,dont know if you have Skype but if so and you have microphone and would like to talk send me a personal email. I'M in AUSTRALIA, DOWN UNDER! Spose it depends on your timezone. Anyway cheers for now, Wayne, aka Brunoboy.