Apparently after 22 years in IT, I'm not an advanced user, and therefore not allowed to understand whether to use "Restore MBR" (which I think I shouldn't, as I'm trying to restore to a different size hard disk on a different PC) or "Original Disk Signature" (which I think I shouldn't 'cos I'm using XP Pro SP2). (Pretty poor manuals, not updated over many versions...)
To confirm, I'm trying to perform a Bare Metal Restore to a new machine with a 250Gb drive from the original image of a 40Gb drive on substantially different hardware. I have tried several different options but either get a system hang at boot, or "a disk read error occurred" press CTRL-ALT-DEL (and the system hangs).
The system will rebuild with Windows, so the disk is fine. I’ve tried deleting the existing partitions and starting over, but to no avail.
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated – I really don’t want to go through installing software all over...