I have successfuly created an Acronis bootable 40GB HDD connected to my laptop via USB thanks to instuctions created by Mudcrab and I thank him for that. However, during the process I somehow (probably my own inattention) I now have as part of a full backup file a partition labeled "MBR and track 0" that does not show up on the menu when creating a backup, but does show when starting a restore process. The lable is consistant with the "Empty partitions" needed to make the external drive bootable into Acronis. I have reformatted the storage partition on the external drive and went through the process again with the same result. So I assume the partition is real on the C:\ drive. It does not show up in Disk Management on either the internal or external drives. This does not seem to be causing any kind of operational problem, but I'm concerned that an actual restore may change that. It appears I inadvertantly installed the MBR and Track 0 on my C:\ drive while configuring the external drive. I don't remember any glitch in the process, but my memory and focus are not what they once were. Memory is the second thing to go, ya know. Is there some way to remove that partition, or even find it? Do I need to remove it? Any input or recommendation with this question will be much appreciated... Raybro EDIT.. I just finished creaing a backup of my external drive on my C:\ drive. Then I initiated a recovery process and that same partition is present there as I expected it would be. I read through the details about the MBR and Track 0 on mudcrab's tutorial, but It's not clear to me whether the partition should be present on the C:\ drive.