I've got alot of time and effort into the configuration and programs on my laptop and I'm trying to figure out a comprehensive backup solution. I'm not just talking about a harddrive backup, but the whole laptop. I would want to be protected if my laptop were stolen, or if it fell in a swimming pool. I have been using True Image to make hard drive images onto an external drive, but I have never tested the images. I've verified the images, but have never restored onto my working machine (no thank you)... and I don't actually know if, in my moment of crises, these images would work. So how can I figure out if I'm really covered? From what I am reading, I would probably have to find an identical laptop in order to be guaranteed that my image will work. Is this true? If not exactly true, what are the most important factors. I have a Presario 2570us. P4 512MB 40 GB Win XP Pro, Integrated wireless. They are hard to find. There are many different models in the Presario 2500 line. some are athlon some are p4 with bigger drives, etc. It sounds like a change of motherboard or cpu would be unwise. Given that I have a P4, are Athlons M processors and Celerons all unadvised? What about Windows XP Pro, is that a requirement? My understanding is that the image totally replaces what is on the disk, so I would think that the OS wouldn't matter. BTW, I am trying to wrap my mind around the whole image thing. How does this work for licenses? I have LOTS of software on my laptop 30-40 different apps I use all the time. If I make an image, could I just run these apps on two machines? Would all of my settings (Example FTP sites) be in place? Would it be EXACTLY the same? If that is the case, than imaging is mindblowing to me. THE WORST part of changing machines is the software and time, not the price of the new machine. I will happily drop $800 on a new laptop (hoepfully a 2570) and clone everything just for the peace of mind that I could be back online in very short order should my current laptop fail... or if I were to drop it in the bathtub, leave it on my car roof, have it stolen, etc. Anyhow, the question is this: If I were to find another Presario 2570us laptop (eBay), and it had the same processor as my current machine, What are the chances that I could easily restore one of my disk images onto it? Also, once restored. Would the two machines be indistinguishable, in terms of the programs, settings, etc? Same applications Same files in the same places Same settings Same network setup Same printers Same everything?? Same weird conflicts between my Palm hotsynch and modem Is this there any other solution that would give me all of that? Any insights would be very much appreciated.