I received True Image 8 as a gift yesterday. I've wasted all day today to try to create a backup on external USB drives. I'm trying to back up a laptop with a 20GB hard drive, of which only 7.8GB is currently used. The computer (a Dell Latitude L400) is running WindowsXP Pro, with service pack 2 and all updates installed. I first tried to back up to a 20GB Iomega Peerless USB drive. After two hours, I was told I needed to insert additional media. (20GB is not large enough for a 7.8GB file?) I did so, and was told that the backup could not continue because the media was corrupt (it isn't). I tried every level of compression from zero to maximum, with the same result. I next tried an external RW-DVD, and was again told the media was corrupt (several brand new DVD-Rs). I actually want to create a "backup laptop" and have a second laptop identically configured and I want to image the drive on the second PC to be identical to that of the first PC. That way, regardless of the problem (virus, spyware, hardware, physical damage, or loss), I have an immediate backup. Can I "restore" the image to a different hard drive, overwriting and replacing any data that is on that second laptop's drive?