The important parts of the Acer are: BIOS + MBR + PQSERVICE BIOS should be ok, I've only messed up the OEM BIOS once and that's with command line switches - anyway, the BIOS isn't touched so that can be left. MBR + I use HDHacker which is a windows based app, I don't know if 64 will run it but it might with a right click and Compatibility... There are also MBR backups within the PQSERVICE Partition. I found DriveImage XML good as it backed up and restored both the MBR and PQSERVICE partition so no need for HDHacker. The important parts of your DATA are FILES and thus don't require a partition backup image only a file file backup (archive). So I would backup my user files such as MP3 and docs and web addresses and emails and... to an external device. Then backup the PQSERVICE and MBR with DriveImage XML again to an external device. Install new drive and then restore using DriveImage XML the image/MBR backup to the new drive. Reboot and press Alt + F10 hopefully the restore will begine on the new drive When I did this I had access to the new drive as it came with an external enclosure with USB support. I could take the Acer drive out of the laptop and put the new drive in and as I had an USB external enclosure to put the Acer drive into I could also access all my files.