I thought I'd post my experience with Acronis in case it helps anyone else. I am using Acronis 8.0 on an IBM 600e laptop running windows 98se with all updates installed. I back up to a partition on a Maxtor 80g firewire h/d. Here's the info bit: Recently made a backup - used defaults of normal compression -everything seemed okay, but when I tried to varify the image I got the dreaded 'image is corrupt' message. I tried to make another image on another partition of the h/d and the same thing happened. This is what I did: a. Performed a hard drive and memory test which turned up nothing. b. I then thought it might be a software conflict and tried to varify in windows 'Safe Mode.' When I tried this I got the error message E000101F4 'Acronis could not find any hard drives.' This message did not appear when I tried to verify in normal mode. [nb: in retrospect, this was probably to be expected as I do not think firewire drivers would have loaded in windows Safe Mode] c. Puzzled, and still thinking it was a software conflict, I rebooted and turned off software running in the background one at a time. In my case, Superantispyware and RoboformFree Tried to varify image each time but neither worked still 'image corrupt'. d. Finally, copied the tib file to another external drive - a IBM Travelstar USB and tried to varify - this time it varified no problem. Here's my question: Now to deal with the h/d error. Odd thing is, unless I'd tried to varify in Safe Mode I would not have had a clue I had a problem with my h/d re 000101F4 error. In normal mode Acronis seems open and find/view the partitions on the 80g h/d. But with it the 80g h/d not varfiying my image I odviously have a problem, but I'm not entirely sure of the best course. Should I follow the instructions given here and download the Acronis driver http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=170140&highlight=E000101F4 or would installing the Acronis 8.0 update ( which I downloaded from Acronis due to E000101F4 previously appearing while in normal mode and the programme would not open.) be the thing to do?