Greetings and thank you for your help. I have read many of the posts and the user guide several times and one question remains. I am using Acronis True Image 10.0 Build 4942 Home on Win XP SP2, all updated, on HP Pavillion dv8000 laptop with dual 120GB SATA HDs, 2GB RAM. I am curious how one is able to make an backup image of my C:\drive which will be active during the backup creation with virus scan running etc. It seems to me that the backup will therefore be incompete for a seemless one step reinstallation in case of disaster. I have tried to figure from reading the user guide and the forum if the bootable cd feature has the ability to MAKE a backup as well as restore one, thus being able to make the backup of the c:\ drive while it is inactive and thus getting a true image of everything on the drive. Thanks in advance for helping me clear up this confusion before I start my backup process!