it'll be much less of a hassle just to reinstall everything. i tried the ghosting thing, but it really works best when you have two identical drives. trying to ghost a 500 gb drive to a 174gb drive will most likely be a problem as the program tries to create a 500gb image on a much smaller disk. i could be wrong, these are just some bumps i encountered while trying to do the same thing. now, when i want to change disks, i just make sure all my data is backed up, my programs are ready for reinstall, and start over. it takes a few hours, but less time than trying to obtain and use ghosting software.