If only they would listen.\n\nI brough home an old Dell G110, PIII, circa Jan. 2001, from work last\nnight for my 15 year old son to use as a second machine to play Halo\nwith a friend. (He also wants to use it later as his second Linux box,\nbut first as a Windows machine.) We spent many hours resurecting it\nwith spare parts around the house; a new processor (1gHz), nVidia card,\nNIC, 512MB RAM, CD-R and CD-RW. Not the most up to date stuff, but at\nleast they could "poon some nubes" this afternoon, after a long day at\nsummer school.\n\nThe machine had the original 20GB Quantum Fireball hard drive, and we\ninstalled Windows 2000 Pro (NTFS, single partition) on it just to see\nhow the machine would work after all of our so-called upgrades. It\nworked just fine.\n\nI also had a still-in-the-box 80 GB Western Digital hard drive that I\nbought the night before to install in this machine, if we got the\nmachine up and running. Since the machine was purring along, and it\nwas 2 am, I figured my job was done, and I gave him the new 80GB and my\nAcronis True Image Home 9.0. I said his 20GB was enough for Halo play\nwith his friend, and would help him later when I got home to image the\n20GB to the 80GB, and swap drives.\n\nGuess he couldn't wait. At around 2:30 am, he stuck his head in my\nbedroom door and said he was going to back up the 20GB to the 80GB and\nswap. I said no, you have to image. He said but Acronis asked if I\nwanted to do a back up, and he said 'yes' to that prompt, and he said\nit also partioned the 80GB automatically (he thinks). I said FINE!,\nand went back to sleep.\n\nWhen I got up, 3 hours later, I found the following SOS note on his\nbedroom floor:\n\nsays "booted 80 gig as slave. tried to switch them around...all the 80\ngig does is beep at me. now the 20 gig won't even boot by itself\n\nHe left me no POST boot up messages.\n\nCRAP me thinks. I'm at work now, he's asleep.\n\nI'm going to assume, which could be a big mistake, that he has the\njumpers on the two hard drives correct, and the BIOS boot sequence\ncorrect, and has enabled both both primary and secondary drives on the\nfirst IDE channel. I want to assume this because my question is about\nAcronis, not the drive setup (even though the problem could be the\ndrive setup, I'm sort of on a reconnaissance mission for when I get\nhome, or if he calls me at work).\n\nI once read on an Acronis forum that the image function has been known\nto wipe clean the source drive. Can anyone confirm this? Yes, he said\nhe did a backup, but who knows.\n\nMy suspicion is that he's got the drive setup incorrect, either in the\nBIOS or with the cables. The Western Digital came with a cable select\ncable. If he didn't use that, and used the older IDE cable, but left\nthe WD jumpered as cable select, would this be the problem? I also\nsuspect there's no OS on the WD.\n\nI know there's too many variables to determine the cause, but like I\nsaid, I'm in reconnaissance mode. He's quite persistent, and works\nhard at problem solving, and I feel bad for him. He was so happy just\nto get the 20GB setup running.\n\nIf you've read this far, thanks very much.