I image to an external USB2 drive. My WinXP installation got screwed, couldn't log in as admin and locked out of my main stuff, so ran the boot CD. Went to my 4 images on the external drive...all useless - Acronis says corrupted. Even though I always verify them after writing. My HD is partioned c:win and progs/ d:my data/ and e:storage. So I copied the latest image file to my e: partition and booted from the Acronis rescue disk...and the 'corrupted' image restored without problem. Basically, restore from my external drive is useless. I'm using Acronis 8 build 786, not updated because on my dial-up connection, 24Mb is looooonng! I can image to my e: partition but if the disk goes down, I'm dead. Any ideas what's happening anyone?