Hi, First let me apologize in advance for this long post, but I want to give a detailed accounting of what I did so that anyone reading can see if I did anything wrong. I just bought Acronis True Image 8.0 and am trying to do a test run but I'm running into difficulty. I've read the FAQs, downloaded and read the Guide but I'm still not finding clear instructions on what to do in the event I need to restore an image containing my WinXP system should the HDD fail. I have 3 HDDs C: 120Gb Samsung containing WinXP SP2 - this is what I normally boot and also the drive that will "fail" in my simulation. D: 80Gb Samsung - empty but will be the restore target. E: 80Gb WD over USB 2.0 - this is where I store my backups For my test, I will image drive C:, save the image on E:, disconnect C:, then restore the image onto drive D. Drive C: is a clean install with only about 7 Gigs of data after all the drivers, updates, and core software has been installed so it should feasily fit onto D: 1. Created full of drive c: onto D: 2. Moved the image from D: to E: (I didn't want to save the image directly to E: because I didn't want any potential USB problems at this stage) 3. Opened the case and physically disconnected C: (simulate the fail) and rejumpered D: to be master. 4. Rebooted into BIOS and ensured that D: will now be the HDD first in the boot sequence. 5. Rebooted into Acronis via a bootable CD-RW. 6. Choose the Restore Image option... At this point things get confusing... do I restore the whole disk, or just the primary partition? 7. I choose to restore the partition only because that's what's described in the Guide. 8. Select drive D: (now listed as C:, but we'll keep calling it D: for clarity) as the target, yada yada 9. Here I know I make a mistake and select "Logical" as the restored partition type... 10. After chugging away for 15 minutes or more it reports successful restore. 11. Remove CD and reboot into BIOS to confirm I am booting from the restored drive...good. 12. Exit BIOS and continue on to boot... no dice. A screen full of 99's 13 Ok... I realize that selecting "Logical" was wrong so I prepare to reformat D: using PartitionMagic 8 from a bootable CD. Yikes! PM complains about the D: having invalid disk geometry and warns of impending doom - I exit quickly without doing anything, but now I'm nervous. 14. I reconnect and rejumper C: making it master and set it back to the boot HDD in BIOS - log back into WinXP, Use native Windows format to reformat D: to blow away the restored image. Yes - everything was there, a duplicate of C: except not bootable. 15. I repeat steps 3 through to 8. This time I select "active" as the restored partition type, and again the restore is reported as a success. 16. Again, I confirm the BIOS is set to boot from D: where the restore active partition resides. Again, no dice... a screen full of 99's. 17. Boot into PM and this time use the BootMagic tool to put a BootLoader onto D: to see if that was the problem. 18. Reboot and again a screen full of 99's. So... I'm not getting anywhere and I don't know what I'm doing wrong. Elsewhere in the forums I've read that restoring onto a smaller harddrive shouldn't be a problem nor should restoring an image on a USB drive. Obviously I don't want to restore over my perfectly good WinXP because I don't want to go through another 4 hour friggin nightmare of setting up WinXP for the fourth time in a week (long story - but it's the reason I bought Acronis True Image). Can anyone shed light on what I'm doing wrong or point me to the right documentation. Also, does anyone know what's up with the geometry warnings? Thanks in advance!