I have searched through the threads here and am confused by any threads that try to address the following: What is the least complicated strategy for completely backing up a fully encrypted drive on a laptop running Vista Home Premium, please? I have a laptop with a 160 gb drive, Acronis Trueimage 11, a 500 gb external hard drive (attached via USB 2.0). The laptop drive has NO partitions and the entire drive has been fully encrypted via Truecrypt 5.1a (latest). No separate containers have been created. My thought was that I could just boot via the Truecrypt bootable CD and then create a full computer backup to the external hard drive using a sector by sector image strategy. I don't care if it will take longer, use 160 gb of space, and require me to backup outside of the Windows environment. I am not interested in complicating things by hiding it into a Truecrypt container on the external drive either. All of threads I have read which start to address this plan seem to splinter off into recommendations for placing the file in a container, creating a workflow that works from within Windows, etc. Is it not possible to create a sector by sector image of the drive and then restore that image to the drive (thus fully overwriting everything) when needed via the bootable CD? Will it not boot up? It seems I must be missing something because the other threads get into lots of complications. Thanks for any targeted advice you can provide.