Acronis 9 is not necessarily compatible with Vista...to have the best chance of success and assuming the master drive error are not indicative of problems within the o/s, common/shared files, and installed software.
- Backup any data on the error laden drive to the external
- Remove the current slave, install the new as a slave, then clone the master to the new slave. Shutdown, reverse the drives, resetting the jumper to master, install the old slave, restart to the bios ensure the new drive is recognized(set to auto and also the boot drive). Exit bios, startup and hope for the best.
If your usb is a drive enclosure capable of installing any drive, if necessary you may be able to install it in the usb enclosure.
If it doesn't work, consider using the Vista cd to repair or start with a fresh install. You have to reactivate Vista online or via phone due to a hardware change.
"JohnS" <js@Htfan.se> wrote in message news:58prupF2hube9U1@mid.individual.net...
: machine has two 40gb drives, plain IDE type, on vista ultimate edition
: 1st drive has all kinds of errors and I'd like to clone it, using acronis 9
: boot cd to a usb drive and then to new, same type of ide drive
: will vista ultimate object to my plan or should I use some other software
: instead of acronis?