UPDATE: Today I created a couple of different types of images. Like I said earlier I got the bootable media to work so I could look at it more closely. The best feature of the bootable media is the ability to create backups from the boot disk. Unlike older Ghost versions, Symantec Ghost and Livestate Recovery only allow restoring with their bootable media which is their downfall and I have complained when losing that feature. Giving the user the option of imaging with or without Windows is important as some machines don't hot-image very well. So I created an iimage of: 1. A PIII Gateway PC 2. 10 gb VMware Partition 3. P4 Dell Precision 330 I created images on the Dell's 2nd HD and for the PIII Gateway a USB Hard Drive. I did the USB image to see if I had the same problems using USB HD's as the Backup destination like other user's in the forum. On the Gateway which was USB 1.1, I did initially have a failure in Windows, but succeeded with the boot disk backup. All images verified successful and I could mount all the images and browse their contents. As a note I found it best to create images with the boot disk rather than in Windows. I felt that the image creation process would have the best chance of succeeding without Windows in the way. I personally would only turn to the Windows hot-imaging strategy if I had to backup a machine that I couldn't bring down for maintenance. Tomorrow I will start restoring some of these images to both same and different hardware so I keep all posted on this.