I've bought and downloaded Acronis True image and Acronis Disk director. The plan is to copy the whole of my hardrive onto another to protect against a catastrophic malfunction of the HD. I'm a complete novice at this so forgive the basic questions. I have created an emergency bootable disc and a secure zone. I've read the relevant parts of the users guide and FAQ and had a trawl of the forum. One or two things need clarifying. 1) Am I right in assuming it's the 'clone disk' feature I use to replicate the whole of my hardrive, rather than 'add new disk'? I read some criticisms of the clone feature on some of the threads advising using the back up feature if you want to copy the hardrive. 2) When a back up archive is created is it created on the same hardrive? I don't understand how you can protect yourself by backing up stuff on the same hardrive because you will lose it should the HD suffer a catastrophic break down. 3) I have bought an identical hardrive to clone my current HD onto. I've no idea what I do with it . I'm assuming I will have to make the new HD a slave before I can clone my current HD. Is that right? Will I have to do anything to the new hardrive before I use it as the clone? Will I have to install it or do anything to the new hardrive before I clone my current HD onto it? I can't find info in the Acronis literature on how to set up the new hardrive with a view to using it as the clone. I need to know where I plug things in. 4) Intend to partition my current hardrive (98 gb of photos videos etc). Am I right in assuming I should clone it first and then partition it? Sounds the best thing to do in case the partitioning goes wrong.