A request for your insight/knowledge. I currently use Acronis TrueImage version 8. I have a computer that's a bit more than 4 years old, I believe Acronis 8 came out at the same time. I use Acronis to make a full image of the harddisk, to an external removable harddisk (USB connection), and restore it when I want to. (For restoring I use the bootable Acronis CD-R). That's all. No incremental upgrades or other stuff. From what I understand my harddisk has one partition and a little space left. I noticed that 'little space' when I did format my harddisk as a (one) plain NTFS partition. I don't want to upgrade for two reasons: money, and the fact that I'm concerned that I'll run into one or more problems. I have that BIOS error when using the bootable Acronis disk (My OS is Windows XP) as mentioned in another thread. I can work around it, although it can be annoying. Both when making an image, and when restoring, I can click on the image I want to restore. I see a harddisk with a number, and the C: (?) drive that is selected when I just select the entire harddisk. No other partitions or space are mentioned. Does making an image, and restoring one, include the entire MBR ? Keep in mind, I use version 8, and I understand that there is a security issue regarding the MBR. I'm not sure about that little 'leftover' space, created when I chose the NTFS format (not the fast NTFS format). Does anyone know what it is, does it have any significance ? (A little off topic, what's the difference between the fast NTFS format, and the NTFS format?) I may upgrade to a newer version when I buy a new computer, there are too many things that can go wrong if I upgrade my Acronis software now, I'll save you the very elaborate explanation.