I got to use a couple of my favorite utilities yesterday. The first is the system rescue cd. They finally updated the buger a couple of months ago. It is now just about the best rescue cd in existance. The second utility is dd. I combined these two utilites to make a copy of the original laptop hard drive to one that I had connected via usb. dd if=/dev/hda of=/dev/sda . The copy took a while, but my system booted without issues on the new hard drive. Sweet.