The objective of this tutorial is to go through all the steps involved in using Acronis True Image Home 2009 to copy and clone a notebook hard drive to a larger replacement drive.
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).
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.
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.
Ready to get started? In the main True Image window in the Windows version or the boot disk version, click Utilities in the left-hand lower menu.