This started yesterday afternoon, when I decided to try creating a Secure Zone. Up to then all my experience had been with creating and using DVD images. With a 50GBy C:, of which I have never used as much as 13GBy at a time, taking 20GBy out of C: for a Secure Zone seemed the obvious approach. The Wizard guided me through the process, up to the point at which a reboot was required. Somewhere during the process of updating the partition information, an evanescent message to the effect that a write outside a partition had occurred went by, but in due course Win98SE did start up. True Image then couldn't access the Secure Zone. If I tried to create an image in it, I was offered the choice of my small untouched D: and my properly reduced C:, but not the 20GBy supposedly put aside for the Secure Zone. Recalling the bad-write error message, I rebooted in Safe Mode and scanned C:. Errors were found, in fact it took three runs to get an error-free scan. For good measure, I defragmented and scanned one more time. Booting normally, I next did a (Norton, 2003) virus scan. This informed me that my master boot and boot records had changed; did I want them fixed. I assented; maybe not the best idea? Then I did another restart. No system disk found. This is about as bad as it gets, worse even than the Blue Screen of Death. Just before the attempt to create Secure Zone, I'd done a DVD image creation, so I rebuilt C:. Twice during the recovery, I got an error message "Error opening the file", with a choice to abort or to retry and "continue with volume [number]". I retried and the recovery finished with the announcement that it had been successful. Question: if the recovery says it has been successful, is it telling the unalloyed truth? Did each retry start again where the recovery had left off, or might something have been skipped? My number of files looked more or less okay, but it would take a lot of testing to see if every last application works and can access every last file it used. Second question: if I create an image of a partition of a given size, then (successfully) create a Secure Zone using part of that partition, can the image, which thinks the partition is as big as it used to be, be successfully restored to the now-shrunken partition? Third question: what likely happened when I tried to create a Secure Zone? Are there known pitfalls in this process to avoid? Thanks.