so after i did the cloning thing and then installed the new hd with the clone on it, the laptop would not open wxp. a disc not found or maybe another error message came up. now i knew all the stuff was ther because i could see it using the enclosure and just expolring the enclosure. so it looks like i had the trouble rob was talking about. "You may find when you've restored the image to the new drive that XP won't boot because it doesn't recognise the hard drive's hardware identifier." so i took another look at the sysprep stuff in my earlier post. forget about it, i have no idea what that stuff is or how to figure it out. before even starting: "Before you can use the Sysprep tool, your computer hardware and related devices must meet the following requirements: â€¢The reference and destination computers must have compatible HALs. For example, Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller (APIC)â€“based MPS (multiprocessor systems) must use the same APIC HAL. A standard HAL Programmable Interrupt Controller (PIC)â€“based system is not compatible with either the APIC HAL or the MPS HAL. â€¢The reference and destination computers must have the same Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) support. â€¢The Plug-and-Play devices on the reference and destination computers, such as modems, sound cards, network adapters, and video cards, do not have to be from the same manufacturer. However, the drivers for these devices must be available. â€¢Third-party disk-imaging software or disk-duplicating hardware devices are required. These products create binary images of a computer's hard disk and either duplicate the image to another hard disk or store the image in a file on a separate disk. â€¢The size of the hard disk on the destination computer must be at least the same size as the hard disk on the reference computer. If the destination computer has a larger hard disk, the difference is not included in the primary partition. However, you can use the ExtendOemPartition key in the Sysprep.inf file to extend the primary partition if it was formatted by using the NTFS file system." WHAT?