Have been using Acronis 11 (XP SP2) for many months, but this morning I entered "analyzing partitions" hell. Bailed with Task Manager. I have been trying to find the problem ever since (nine hours and counting). None of the suggested fixes have worked and I do not use Kapersky. - disabling Distributed Link Tracking Client (didn't work) - installing the latest Acronis drivers (didn't work) - running chkdsk volume:/r /f (wasn't the problem) Clue: Acronis acts normal in Safe Mode. As to the timing, the last time I used Acronis for a backup was on Jan 26th, and as soon as I was done, I enabled auto updates (the manual version of it so I could see what updates were available before allowing them). There were 54 updates. All seemed to go well and I have no idea if one of them is responsible for this problem or not, but I am not about to uninstall [/reinstall] 54 updates to see. And no, I can't clone the week-old clone over the present disk because I need Acronis to do that. And I can't boot from an Acronis CD b/c the one I made inside Acronis doesn't work. It acts like it's going to work, then it doesn't. (Which is why I CLONE verses do an image backup... but I clone to an external drive, and Acronis doesn't seem to like that much either.) But back to the problem for which I am complaining. The other thing I did since the last "good" use of Acronis was use Partition Magic to rename a few volumes... just the labels... did not resize anything or switch drive letters. I have used this vers of PM in the past with this vers of Acronis without a problem. Only one other program seems affected: Diskeeper 2008 is sluggish and taking a long time to analyze the drives, unlike previous behavior. But again, it's not the drive itself because it checked out with chkdsk, and also these programs work in Safe Mode. Btw, there are over 45 processes stopped in Safe Mode. How do I enable them 1 at a time in msconfig? (or a few at a time) Or is there a better utility to use? I cannot imagine rebooting 45 more times.... argh!! Thank god the History channel had on Universe all day long so I could look at something during all these reboots!! I know other people have also posted that the fixes haven't worked. I would ask these people if the problem disappears in Safe Mode? Thanks to anyone who can shed any light.