hi so far i never had a corrupt *.tib archive (and yes, i never forget to verify them) but reading through this forum i ask myself what's it worth creating so called "images" if they are so fragile, if they can be corrupted so easily let's face the facts: 1) Despite the name TI doesn't create images, it rather creates backup 'archives' 2) If a single byte of such an archive is changed/switched (go on, use a hex editor and try this yourself !) the entire archive is corrupted and gets 100% unusable !!! [here's (imho) the difference between an image and an archive, e.g. DriveImage can create images (of Partitions) if for some reason bytes are damaged, only a few files get destroyed !] 3) Although byte errors will/should probably never occur when saving archives on an internal hd, it is much more likely to happen when storing on external usb drives or even optical drives... ...but ONE of the most essential requirements for creating "good" backups is to place them in a position possibly far away from the original data and for this purpose optical media and detachable drives are very simple and inexpensive Here are the problems of all current TI versions, and my suggestions to solve them (don't hesitate to answer if You disagree with me) a) *.tib Archives cannot be repaired !!! a single byte-error can destroy Your entire backup. e.g. WinRar offers an option to slightly increase the size of archives to add a so called "recovery record". (http://www.rarlabs.com/rar_file.htm) in case of archive corruption this redundant information can help to fully recover the original rar-file this is an option a software like TI which talks about "confident computing" definitely needs !!! b) *.tib Archives cannot be recovered partially ! if an unencrypted "zip", "rar" or "7z" archive is only "slightly" damaged, it is still possible to extract all the files that are not harmed/touched by the byte error sounds great to me, i didn't find such a feature in TI but maybe i just overlooked it... c) it's a real pain in the *ss to manually verify *.tib archives which e.g. reside on dvd/ dvd-rw media (remember ? dvds are aging !!! just one verifcation may not be enough !) right now TI has to be installed, started and a rather clumsy series of dialogs have to be passed before the actual verification begins... - what's needed is a small (commandline?) tool (free of charge, usable without installation) - an explorer context menu extension for *.tib files would be another needful thing that would "speed up" archive verification tremendously d) stability / resources: although my TI has never "really" crashed, i don't understand why it adds/installs 3 (three !) services to my winXP ? there's really only need for exactly one service -> the task scheduler ! and this doesn't need to be active either as long as no tasks are planned... e) automation: lazy users like me won't do as much backups as would be advisable when the process of starting them is too much clickie di clack... TI 9 finally has some nice features to schedule backup tasks but despite the fact that these features need some improvement it's an absolute no-no that users are NOT automatically notified when a planned task has failed for some reason !!! bye bottom ps http://download.acronis.com/pdf/TrueImage9.0_ug.en.pdf "Compute with confidence" look at the guy on the cover sheet... to me, he doesn't really look 'confident'