Well... now I gone and done it... I cloned an 80G SATA laptop drive to a brand new (was brand new) 320G drive. I saw the check box to also copy over the 'disk signature'... (Acronis' wording), just out of curiosity of course... Now my 320G drive is an 80G and I tried 'Diskpart' with 'clean all' option to remove all info...and I read a lot about the MBR on this... I am starting to think the Acronis software (2011 I believe), I used - brought over an identifier of sorts and not just a signature... wiping the drive and 'clean all' haven't helped. Its a Hitachi drive and I have their disk software .ISO burned...(it supports SCSI and ATA in a DOS environment), and haven't seen what it might offer. I suppose... I need to somehow re-establish this 'identifier'... but I am not seeing answers to this - outside of the signature fixes etc. I used the Acronis alignment tool to view this drive and I see the missing space... but beacuse the drive is 'already aligned' I can't do a thing with it. The 80G (73G) section is there and the remaining 200+G is there in another 'section'...
Anyone have a good answer? Please?