First, for the first time I WARMLY RECOMMEND Acronis True Image Workstation 18.104.22.16834, very reliable, stable, fast, with many more extras compared to Power Quest (Symantec) LiveState Recovery 3.0 (2 years old). I can definitely say that I can say good-bye to my old trustful LiveState Recovery 3.0 , and jump full of confidence in the future with Acronis. At least, after years, Acronis is a real winner! Now to tests: Equipment: Pentium 4 - 3,2 Ghz (Prescott), Asus P4P800-E Deluxe, 1024 MB (2x512) PC400 DDR (Samsung), WD Raptor 36 GB 10000 rpm (for Windows XP Pro SP2 Volume Licence), 2x Seagate 200GB SATA, C partition alone on Raptor (5,72 GB occupied). 1. Imaging from Windows as TIB file on NTFS partition situated on SATA. Image size 5,72 GB (no compression) , time 2min 41 sec 2. Imaging from Windows on Acronis Secure Zone (FAT32) on SATA. Image size 5,72 GB (no compression), time 4 min 49 sec. Acronis is faster on NTFS than on FAT32. Otherwise I wonder why the Secure Zone is created as FAT32, instread of NTFS. 3. Imaging from Windows with LiveState Recovery 3 Desktop (2 years old) on SATA NTFS partition : 2 min 51 sec on NTFS partition situated at the beginning of the HDD, 3 min 12 sec on NTFS partition situated in the middle of the HDD. 4. Restore pressing F11 during boot. 5. Restore using created bootable CD. Chosed also Validate Image (CRC integrity checking). Time : 4 min 55 sec Validate, 4 min 53 sec Restore, from TIB image on NTFS. Restore in both case 4. as well as 5. went perfectly, OS is ..still bootable. So, conclusion is clear: use Acronis with confidence. PS - restore with Symantec LiveState Recovery took longer, because the boot and initialization is much longer, here Acronis rules clearly! I was a very harsh Acronis criticizer in the past, but now I must admit that latest version of TI Workstation works as expected and ouperforms clearly Symantec LiveState Recovery.