I upgraded from Acronis TI 8 to 9 because I read it could now exclude files. What I didnt realise was that this option was only available using the Files and Folders backup method. I was hoping for some clever exclusion stuff (0's sectors for example so it compresses well) for the disk image mode. Anyway, given that its not the case, I now have some questions: My Disk Image backups are becoming way too large, and include lots of stuff I dont need backed up. If I switch to using Files and Folders backup, can I restore the system in the even of a catastropic failure using the Files and Folders backup? Will it restore the partition or will I have to re-create that manually and then restore the files? I was thinking of doing a C:\ backup, excluding some stuff I dont want backed up, e.g. game installs which can be either backed up separatly or easliy re-installed, thus drastically reducing the size of my weekly backup, however I would require to be able to restore my WinXP system using this backup.