I am still evaluating the trial version of Acronis True Image Home 9.0 So far I think I have come to grips with backing up to external USB drives. With DVDs, I gather from searching this forum there can be some problems. With optical disks, I have always tried to avoid trouble by keeping things simple: (1) Never use RW (2) Never use multi-session (3) Never use InCD (4) Never go above half drive speed (5) Never touch the machine while disk is being written. Would it be sensible to add to this (6) Never try to burn directly from ATI (Edit - typo fixed) I am quite happy to do my backups (broken into "1492" chunks) to a hard disk and then burn to DVD if I wish to archive a particular backup. Questions: For ATI to be able to restore directly from these DVDs, (1) Is it critical which chunks go together on each disk? (2) Do the DVD volume labels have to be set to anything special? Other questions: (3) If I wish to validate a segmented backup, do I have to do each segment (MyBackup1.tib, MyBackup2.tib...) separately or if I just specify the first segment, will ATI get the idea and validate the whole series? (4) If I wish to do a files and folders backup, when I am specifying which files and folders to use by checking the appropriate boxes, is there any way to see a running tally of how much data I have selected? (5) When doing a restore to a new location, is there any way of creating the new target location on the fly or does it have to be created before hand? Edit... question added (6) When burning my segmented backup to dvd (I should perhaps mention that I use Nero OEM 220.127.116.11) am I likely to run into problems with overlength path/file names?