While I've cloned drives many times Acronis has more than a few options so you would have to write in detail both what your definition of restore is as well as what you did with Acronis.
Yes, I don't use acronis any longer. Just simple copies and of course CLONEZILLA for cloning and images.
I have the win 7 upgrade package and would like to go from 32 bit Vista to 64 bit Win 7. At the same time I am wanting to upgrade my hard drive to a 500 GB. I used Acronis to make an image of my current HD to a WD external drive. If I install Vista on my new HD, upgrade to Win 7 will I be able to restore from the external drive? What is the best way for me to accomplish this?