I work for several IT companies as a contractor and get to see all kinds of neat/strange software and hardware. I also get to test alot of these products out which is great for me, even if it is a headache. I definitely like the Imaging programs and regardless of whatever program I choose I like to have my primary and secondary choices. For antivirus i choose Kaspersky, then Nod32 then Symantec Corp. For compression it is Winrar then Winzip. For tape backup it is Veritas and Arcserve. Etc. etc. So when I had a 64 Bit server that wouldn't take my favorite imaging software - Powerquest/V2i which is now Symantec Livestate/Backupexec Recovery, I had to find an alternative. I tried Acronis True Image. What really intrigued me was on the webpage the statement about "Universal restore". Since my client already had this true image program, I persuaded them to also get the Universal Restore. This way I get to try it out, no guarantees! Let's just say that Universal Restore is an absolute JOKE! Test Systems: Compaq Presario Laptop V5000 - AMD Sempron Asus M6n laptop - Intel Centrino Shuttle micro system - AMD 64 3800 dual core Completely different systems. All of them except the shuttle were ready to go with Windows XP Pro all set. I clones the laptops with Acronis True Image, checked the image, all ok. Even restore back to a new hard drive on the same system, all ok. I did the exact same thing with Symantec Livestate 6.5. Now to cross the images with eachother, restore the sempron to the centrino, restore both to the Shuttle. Let's see what happens. Livestate Restore Anyware- All systems restored. All drivers that were missing were listed in Device Manager with the yellow exclamation point. I just had to get the driver cd and restore. Average time was about 1.5 hours to restore True Image with Universal Restore - FAILED, 100%! All systems got to the "Your system did not shut down properly, choose Start Windows Normally, Safe mode...." this was all on the first bootup. So, Universal Restore is a joke at this point. Acronis - Purchase Symantec Livesate 6.5 which includes Restore Anyware (about $1000). Learn and see what they do right. Livestate is a BREEZE to restore to, far easier than True Image. However True Image blows Livestate away on the front end with all the nice little features like backing up folders and files, something Livestate cannot do (it only can do volumes). Anyways, just me $99 cents.