I have seen a lot of questions about backing up and restoring system drives fully encrypted with True Crypt. So I wanted to post this to possibly help others and also to see if anyone else has done this or sees any holes in this approach. Here's what I do and someone please tell me if this makes sense. It seems to work so I don't know what would be wrong with doing it this way. My main drive is fully system encrypted with TrueCrypt so I have to do pre-boot authentication whenever I boot up. I regularly back up the whole computer using True Image from within windows and let True Image encrypt the backup. So now the backup is decrypted as far as the True Crypt encryption, but the .tib itself is encrypted by True Image, so everything is secure. When I restore to a hard drive, I just do the restore normally. At this point if I try to boot up the restored drive, it will ask for my True Crypt password, but this won't work because the partition is decrypted and no longer really in sync with this initial track that True Crypt put on. That initial True Crypt loader is sort of just a useless layer on top of a now decrypted drive. So all I do then is I use the True Crypt rescue disk for the drive that this is an image of and hit F8 for repairs and simply restore the original system loader. This basically just removes that initial True Crypt track, so then it doesn't ask for the True Crypt pass on loading. Now when I boot up, it works. Then I just re-encrypt the restored drive anew in True Crypt and I now have my exact same system disk fully encrypted. I can even use the same True Crypt password as before so that, for all intents and purposes, it's the exact same. Anyone see any problem with this? I only tested it once and it worked. The only concern I have is I didn't use the restored drive for very long as it was just a test, so maybe I would have seen some problem arise after time. But it certainly seemed to be working perfectly well in the short time I used it after restoring.