Posted 10 August 2007 - 01:36 AM
Is this an OEM PC? this may be important in the terms of restore process. also, how old is your hardware? I ask this because, although most new PC's come with Vista, that doesn't mean that your SATA harddrive will be handled as an IDE hard drive.
SATA drives will still require the SATA Driver for Vista to properly recognize the drives. Many motherboards also have the capability to emulate IDE in the abscence of SATA or for compatibility of older OS's.
The option you choose will depend heavily upon the manufacturer of the computer, the motherboard, and you knowledge of PC Hardware. Help is always available here though.
If you need to load a SATA Driver. you Need to know how to get it. That being Said, did you get this PC?
Further, it is my understanding that The backup will use all of the space available on your new Hard drive. Vista simply continues the NTFS file System to include the complete drive.
Someone may want to correct me on that last part as I'm unaware if Vista has an option to select only the space required for the restore process. Knowing M$ it is probably the prior; the backup is inclusive of the entire new drive.