I am just about to attempt (for the first time) to restore a backup that i created with True Image 9.1 Workstation. This is currently the only machine at this location today and is my sole link to the internet to get help if I screw this up so i'm trying to get prepared in advance. So I'm a bit scared and have a couple of questions. BACKGROUND: About 10 days ago, I used TI 9.1 when I reinstalled win xp pro (with sp 2) and made backups at 3 stages: 1) after the initial win xp install and then downloading all the win xp critical updates, 2) and again after installing a single expensive software program, 3) and then again after installing all the other other applications (office, etc.) I need to go back to stage 2 above. I have three 80 gb SATA hard drives using RAID 5 and created only one partition (C). I have an external 100gb hard drive (E) which is where all the backup files that were created with TI 9.1 are located. Each time i used the selection "entire disk contents or individual partition". Then it gave me an option for Disk 1 which had 2 check boxes: -NTFS (C: ) = 149 gb -FAT 16 = 47mb and since i didn't know enough at the time I made 2 backups at each of the 3 stages above. One backup with only the NTFS (C box checked and another with both boxes checked. Also I made a Acronis Bootable Disk after each of the 3 stages above. QUESTIONS: A) Which of the the 2 backup files created do i restore? The one with only NTFS (C or the one that also includes the FAT 16? I have read a few postings on this which talk about the MBR. Is the FAT 16 the MBR and, if so, i guess i need to restore it as well. B) Should i use the Acronis Bootable Disk that was created after stage 2 above to start the restore or can i just launch TI 9.1 from my desktop right now and select Restore? C) Can I verify the backup file in advance to see if it actually works? I see a "Pick a Tool" option in TI 9.1 to "Validate Backup Archive". I Thank everyone in advance for reading this long post and giving any feedback if possible.