Hello, I am a new user with Acronis & I am a bit confused as to how/if I can do what I would like to do. I purchased a computer in December with XP, but took advantage of the manufactures Vista upgrade. When I installed Vista, I did it as a clean install (ie. reformatted my C drive) vs. upgrading over top of XP. Part of the reason I did the clean install is it kept my system 'neater' without all of the freebe software HP provides (some of which are not compatible with Vista so they would have needed to be removed anyways) Now the disadvantage of this is the process did delete the factory partition on my C drive which contained the restore files - having said that, the origianl factory restore (along with the supplied System Restore CDs) aren't very useful to me anymore because it will restore by to the factory XP configuration. So what I'm hoping Acronis can do is create an image of my system the way it is now. So, in a crisis if my hard drive completely fails & I need to install a new one I'll be able to restore it to my current configuration without having to reinstall & reactivate vista, other programs, user & account settings. I'm pretty certain TI10 does just this, but I'm not clear on what to do to make a fill image vs. doing a file & data back up. Second related question is where should I save this new image? My gut feeling is to create a partition (ie. secure zone) on my C drive as well as on an external form of media. If my thinking is correct how big should I make the partition? I know that the size of the image will be based on how much 'stuff' is included, but keep in mind this initail image that I'm making basically does not have any files (in terms of personal documents, photos, music, etc) on it yet - I'm basically just trying to recreate the ability to have a "Day 1" recovery partition & recovery CDs. I'm assuming/hoping that the image will fit on a DVD & I can make that DVD bootable, similar to the supplied HP system restore CD. Obviously I will also set up regular incremenatal data backups, whihc I will backup to an external hard drive. Am I being too paranoid & making this process way too complex? Basically, I like the ability to beable to restore my system back to day 1 (I find eventually systems do slow down enough that the only way to make them efficient again it to start from scratch then reinstall the files that you want) - I just want my Day 1 to be 'today' with my current configurations, not the way HP sent me the computer. Sorry for being so green. Thanks in advance.