i have been using my acer aspire 5742 with 320gb hdd for 2 years now and now I decided to upgrade it to 500gb but could not bear the fact that i had to loose my recovery drive and all its features with it. So I decided to transfer it to my new hdd. Now here's my problem; whatever i try, i can't boot with my new hdd. i'm going to summarise what have i tried so far: 1) copied my *QSERIVE (recovery drive / 14GB) and *:SYSTEM RESERVED (system drive / 100mb) using EASUS drive copy feature, installed the new hdd into the laptop, removed the old one and tried to boot but couldn't do it. 2) tried to install a fresh copy of win through 4 recovery DVDs which i had burned through my acer eRecovery from my older hdd, all files are copied but as soon as the laptop restarts it displays the same message and is unable to boot. 3) removed my system reserved drive through EASUS. Assigned my recovery drive a letter, made it bootable with bcdboot command (bootsect does not work with me :/ ) and made it active. tried to boot and start windows setup through this drive but failed. 4) removed every thing and tried to install windows through those 4 recovery DVDs but still cant boot after restart. what am i missing here? Please help P.S WHENEVER I WANT TO COPY OR REMOVE ANY DRIVE OR WANT TO USE EASEUS ON MY NEW HDD, I PLUG IN MY ORIGINAL HDD, BOOT MY WINDOWS AND CONNECT MY NEW HDD THROUGH A USB JACKET.