Part of my problem is that I have a 1 terabyte drive that I didn't want and don't like. I use only the first two of the four partitions that I created on the drive as a computer. The third partition is for movies or books or whatever, and the fourth is where I'm currently putting my backups. My first two partitions are 40 G for the system partition and 240 for the data and the bulk of my programs. I've no reason to make a backup image of my backup files and whatever movies and books. I'd really like to be able to restore the first two partitions to a 320 Gigabyte drive when they get over their floods in IndoChina and one can find 320 gigabyte drives again. Do I HAVE to back up the "whole system" or "my computer" or whatever, with all partitions, in order for a restored drive to boot up? Or can I just back up the master boot sector/ system state, teh system drive and the other drive? Also, provided it is possible to restore my system with the image of just the two drives, how do I work the master boot record? Obviously it won't be the same on a smaller drive with fewer partitions. Will it boot up if the master boot record is for a bigger drive with more partitions, or is there some way to adjust that when restoring? The manual says it's possible to restore to a smaller drive, but when it comes to how to do it, it's the usual 50 pages of dense but vague information poorly translated from Chinese. Thanks!