If I want to get a new hard drive, can I first make a full backup (Acronis), with all hidden files, of all the partitions in the old one, install the new drive (making it master) and then use the boot recovery disk and restore the old one? This would seem to me to be simpler than a "clone" method, and similar to what would be done to restore a crashed system.
A variation of the above:
If I get a new computer and prefer to keep the existing operating system and all it's applications, can I use the above method? What effect would this have on the Windows XP Home sp3 registration code?