I'll try to make a long story short. I live in Japan. I bought a Studio laptop from Dell Japan. The OS was Vista HP, Japanese version. I reinstalled Vista in English. No problems there. A few weeks later, I started getting an intermittent error code - the hard drive wasn't being recognized on boot. After a few reboots it works again, but apparently this is a known issue with some new Dells. Dell may have to replace my hard drive. I am using Acronis to back up all my data regularly onto an external Hard Drive because I don't trust my laptop. However, if Dell replace my internal hard drive, the new one will again be a Japanese version of Vista. My question is: could I simply use the Acronis TI restore function on the new hard drive to load my old settings? In other words, I get my new hard drive with a Japanese version of Vista, I put in my Recovery Boot Disk and start Acronis, then choose Restore from the backup on the external Hard Drive. Is Acronis TI usable if my laptop's hard drive needs to be completely replaced?