My laptop HD sucks and required reformatting on two occasions, giving me 2 heart attacks. To prevent going through the whole XP reinstallation crap, I bought a USB HD + Acronis TI9 Workstation. Need help on basic questions: 1. If my laptop HD craps out, can I use Acronis + my USB HD to revive it, rather than reinstall everything one-by-one? 2. When I open up the Acronis installer, it gives me like 4 utilities to install. Which one(s) do I install? 3. If I create a backup, can I store it on my USB HD? Will I even be able to access a USB HD when my OS craps out? Will the "Boot CD" thingy enable me to access the USB HD? 4. What is this "secure zone" thing? Do I have to create it on my laptop HD or USB HD? or both? 5. Is this the right algorithm: Install Acronis -> defrag laptop HD -> create Acronis Boot CD -> backup laptop HD to USB HD ?? I'm sooo confused... Thanks!