I recently converted from Retrospect, which I knew pretty well. I have to admit that everything about Acronis seems very professional; in my case too professional. I downloaded and tried to read through the manual, and also searched all FAQs to find out the steps to perform a backup and disaster recovery, but I can't get a handle on the process since there is so much detail in the manual. My request is: Where can I find the steps needed to back up my entire disk (including the operating system (XPSP3) and open files to a standalone external disk), and prepare the system to be copied onto a new disk, if my old one fails. I'm not worried about differential or incremental backups, since I plan on doing this once a week, or automated scheduling. Specifically, since I have a number of pcs, all with real Microsoft licenses, do I need my system media. I got to XPSP3 in a number of ways (retail purchase, upgrade from Windows 98 (I think), and OEM), and I don't know if I can come up with the original system disks in each case. I would greatly appreciate any help that you can provide. Thank you.