Thank you for your reply. The problem is that it is a 5.25" hdd, it is just a spare drive and I thought I would use it as a backup. The bios allows a boot up from a USB. I can boot to DOS from the CD. Thanks anyway
You can take an image, just restore it on the internal hard-drive, new or old one. You use the external drive just to hold the image files you make. If you just clone the drive instead of imaging it, make sure you clone it to a drive you can use in the laptop.