Using Windows XP ... Situation: attempting to restore an image from an external harddisk (USB connection) using a bootable Acronis CD-R to boot and then restore an image. It's a little weird, if I have the external harddisk fully connected and powered up when I attempt to boot from the CD-R things sometimes get 'stuck' and the computer doesn't appear to go further than the bootable Acronis CD-R. If I make the connection between the external harddisk and the computer AFTER the Acronis CD-R has run, Acronis usually doesn't recognize the external harddisk when I connect it. It often DOES WORK if I quickly connect the external harddisk when/while the CD-R is running. My subjective impression is that there may be a difference between having the external harddisk connected and then turning the power on, AND not having it connected by a cable but then quickly connecting it and powering it up. Anyway, if the restore image thing works at all I tend to get BIOS error(s), sometimes something about a ramdisk. Making images is easy. My first image was made of my PC with a fresh OS installation. I am new to image software. Can anyone shed some light on the BIOS error issue ? If I get such an error I can, after a brief pause, succesfully restore the image. I don't recall the exact error message(s), and I've only had to restore an image about three times.