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Pros:

Comes with all you need to perform a migration without a massive reinstall task.

Provides a much faster, smoothing computing experience, especially time to boot and first time loading of any major application.

Leaves you with a bonus USB-powered portable drive based on your old mechanical laptop HD.

Cons:

All documentation was in the form of PDF files on the supplied CD-R media. Could have done with a quick start leaflet as well.

Dell's non-standard DSR (Dell System Restore) and/or Media Direct hidden partitions may cause problems for some users.

Other Thoughts:

Many Dell laptops have hidden partitions for their Dell System Restore and/or Media Direct multi-media players. The Acronis Migration software can mess up to some extent with these kinds of system, as noted in the Acronis knowledge base. In my case I had to do the equivalent of fixmbr or fdisk /mbr to write a standard master boot record to the drive. The automated attempt to copy the Dell-specific MBR as part of the disk cloning operation seems not to have worked properly, forcing me to dig out my Windows installation media to allow booting into my cloned Windows XP installation.

This slight panic added about 10 minutes to an otherwise smooth and rapid migration.

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