I know there are a lot of threads here that discuss imaging software. I hope in this one to discuss the meaning of the term "bare" that is used in describing the features of some imaging applications. For instance, Shadow Protect has the ability to restore to "bare" metal. Is that the case with others; such as Drive Snapshot and Image for Windows? Also, does Shadow Protect gain its bare metal restore ability from the software itself or from the restore disc? I ask because I have been having numerous hardware issue lately that have made me think it might be time to throw everything out and start over.