I've read the entire manual, and I still don't understand the relationship between the Secure Zone and the Backup Archives. A corresponding question: what's the difference (and relationship of) Acronis Startup Recovery Manager & Restore Data Manager? My goal: in the event of a total windows wipe-out, to be able to restore my computer without reformatting and reinstalling all my programs (as I've had to do in the past). To date, I've installed TI 10, and backup up my entire hard drive (C) to an external hard drive. Using the program and reading the manual, it says to set up Secure Zone on your computer's hard drive (C). Re: backing up, it says you can use an external hard drive. I thought maybe Secure Zone was just the operating system files, so followed the steps to do that on my hard drive, but it looked like it was going to require the entire size of the used portion of my hard drive (@50GB). Obviously, I don't want to devote half my hard drive to a copy. Also, the manual says you can only set up ONE Secure Zone -- so if I DID use the C drive, what would be the point of having an external hard drive. Could somebody explain this to me? thanks so much!