What type of clean drive are you attempting to clone to? (backup drive)
The problem with laptops, unlike desktops, is that most are only capable of handling one bootable drive at a time. The "no rom basic system halted" error comes from the drive not being marked as a bootable drive. That's a limitation with the laptop itself in which there may be no way around. I have a feeling that may be the issue here.
I clone my laptop HD using a second internal laptop drive, mounting in a desktop pc with two adapters and booting with an Acronis disk. Once it's done I have two identical booting drives. If one dies, I just install the other and I'm back up in 15 minutes. Incremental backups I keep on cd's\dvd's. I don't believe in backing up to a seperate partition as it will do me no good if the drive itself fails. It's not as complicated as it sounds and is the most reliable way IMO.
Edit: BTW, if you decide to purchase ATI, the new version 10 is not compatable with 95\98\ME. Version 9 is.
Edited by HitSquad, 04 November 2006 - 09:16 AM.