I need a some help imaging my existing 30GB 4200rpm 2.5" hard drive in my ThinkPad R50 to a newly purchased Samsung 80GB 5400rpm. I am working on a company owned laptop w/ a pre-imaged hard drive. The standard image that the unit came with has 4 Partitions.... 2 FAT 8MB Hidden, and a C and D partition. I have used Norton Ghost 9 and Acronis True Image 9 to no avail. The imaging process seems to work great with no errors, but when I move the newly imaged hard drive from the external 2.5" case to the ThinkPad and boot, it does not 'see' the operating system. I have gone through the process several times, ensuring that the MBR is properly positioned (C:), but have had not luck. I am about out of space on my existing hard drive and it's driving me nuts as why this won't work.
Since I have been busy traveling on business, I decided I would give COMPUSA a try and that turned out to be a joke. After assuring me that the could do it in a few hours, I ended up leaving it for a week while I was on the road only to come back and find that they did not have a clue.
I can only figure that there is something in those hidden partitions that is not copying.
Thanks for any help you can lend...