Let's forget about data. Let's forget a second drive (zip,hd) where you can store an image. Let's say you have one hard drive with two partitions. On the first you have installed windows xp. Why it's better to save an image on the second partition than to try a system restore? Two imes tha I had problems restore worked fine for me. But two makes you worry and think that maybe the third... So I start searching for sth more secure. I found Acronis image. Does it really do the job or it will create other problems like these i 've seen here on the forum? Which are the cases that system restore (or the last good known configuration) cannot help? In case windows don't start bootable rescue media can really help?