will clone one HDD to another in a very straightforward manner - and for free.
You can also use the HDD manufacturer's own utility on CD or Floppy to do this.
If you have any Maxtor or Seagate drive in the system then you can use the latest SeaTools
for free and it now is effectively Acronis True Image being "powered by Acronis".
For more flexible free functional trial
software that can partition, image and act as a boot manager consider having a look at BootIt-NG - also from the TBU site. There's no need to pay big bucks for such software any more and even Vista now has many partitioning and backup software native to it, which will help make the rip-off big names possible have to reconsider their position.
BTW the first "hidden" EISA partition is almost certainly a recovery partition that would allow you to return the drive to its factory defaults. Best to not lose or delete it.
PS You can also use GParted as a standalone live CD or as part of Knoppix to do much partitioning work and if you are prepared to be a bit geekish the dd utility from any linux distro (notably any of the ones running from a CD) can be used to clone the MBR, the partitions, the whole drive and much more - and all for free once again.
Edited by komski, 03 October 2007 - 05:05 AM.