After 8 days of getting to know TI9.0 Home, I managed to backup & restore the HDD content in my notebook PC. 1. Initially, I have problem with the BootCD which doesn't recognise my DVD-Drive. (link to thread: http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=131282) 2. With the ISOLinux version of BootCD that the support team gave me, this problem is resolved. 3. My HDD is 80GB with only about 9GB used. With 2 DVD+RW discs, I backup the whole HDD into them. After compression it is about 6.2GB. (Backup process runs under Windows XP Home, with a number of background tasks. McAfee Internet Security Suite, SpySweeper, MSN, Advanced System Optimizer's Memory Optimizer, and a number of utilities provided by DELL). 4. After that I rebooted the system using the BootCD and created a 15GB Secure Zone from the HDD. I did another HDD Backup to the secure zone and verify the backup. 5. I rebooted the system to go back to WinXP. Made some changes to some files and rebooted with the BootCD. 6. With the preparation for the worst, I perform a recovery from the backup made into the secure zone. After about 20 mins, the recovery completed successfully and I reboot back to WinXP. 7. The changes has been restored and WinXP functions normally. 8. I rebooted with the BootCD again in an attempt to restore from the 2 DVDs that I've stored the previous backup. 9. Since the HDD partition has been changed, I selected the recovery to resize according to the HDD partition. That's where the problem comes in and as warned by TI9.0. I have been prompted to change discs very frequently until I give up. Afraid that the DVD drive's mechanical parts will fail before the recovery completes. 10. Reboot back to WinXP, erased that 2 DVD discs, and perform another backup directly to the discs. 11. Reboot with the BootCD again and attempt to recover using these 2 DVDs. Since partition is the same as backup, Recovery seems to be easier. First disc inserted is disc 2, prompted for disc 1 shortly after, prompt for disc 2 again, prompt for disc 1, recovery and prompt for disc 2 to continue. Recovery completes successful and WinXP managed to boot up normally. However, the whole process of recovery using DVDs is much much longer. It took me ~1 hours 45 minutes. 12. I am lucky that the recovery content only about 9GB. If it is much more than this, it will probably take much longer. 13. I am satisfied with what Acronis TI9.0 Home (Trial) provides and I believe that it fulfilled my requirements. However, I have 2 more queries before I purchase this product. (a) By downloading the Trial version, I am unable to bypass the registration dialog box. Always telling me that it failed to register the product and to try again later. I am certain that the product is not attempting to connect to the internet because McAfee does not detect any network attempts by the product. Will the Actual product have this problem? (b) I am using the ISOLinux as provided by the Support Team because the the BootCD created by the product cannot recognise my DVD drive. Does that mean that I will be stucked with ISOLinux? I will not get to enjoy the new features of later builds(if any)? I hope that TI9.0 Home will include support for my DVD drive in the mainstream builds?