Good evening ladies and gentlemen, I'm a new user of Acronis True Image Home v10. I'd like to know how to complete the only procedure I got it for before installing the program. You see there is no security in this ever changing world. I have no guarantee that my main Windows drive will run perfect for all of it's days. So I snagged a copy of Acronis to provide myself with a some future security in case things ever go haywire on my Windows drive. What I want to do is basically create an exact copy of my "C" windows drive to my external 500GB Seagate USB hard drive using Acronis True Image Home v10. Before I go on I should mention that my "C" windows drive is on an 80GB hard drive which is actually partitioned into two halves [ie: a "C" drive partition for windows which is 20GB in size, and an "E" drive partition for all of my downloads which is 55Gb in size]. But remember all I want to clone for backup purposes is my "C" windows drive, not my "E" drive which I use for needless downloads. So I basically just want to know how to accomplish the following: 1. How to create a backup of my "C" drive to my external 500GB USB drive using Acronis True Image Home v10. 2. How I can restore my "C" drive from my external hard drive in the event that my "C" drive crashes or becomes unstable, & do so on the right internal drive partition [ie: restoring back to "C" drive - not "E" drive]. 3. Ok now let's say my 80GB internal hard drive dies completely, and the only option I have is to purchase another 80GB hard drive or a much larger hard drive. I choose one, take the new hard drive home, install it on my motherboard [same pc as original dead drive], & partition it into two halves [one half being the exact same size as my original "C" Windows partition on my dead drive]. Will I be able to restore a backup copy of my "C" drive from my external 500GB USB drive, to the brand new hard drive partition? I ask because I'm not sure if Windows XP will take that as some sort of massive hardware change which would require reactivation of Windows XP. & also to basically know if a Acronis image of my dead "C" drive would work on an exact hard drive partition within a new drive. I need to know because I had a drive die on my computer a year ago so I can't take that kind of risk which only amounts to total reinstallation of O/S and software again on a new drive. Please let me know the answers a la "step by step"... Hehehehehe - Thank You P.s. This is my first time switching from Norton Ghost which didn't even install for me. & their support + forums suck... I averaged 1 reply per month with them. Not to mention auto reply emails. It would also be good for you to know that I have no knowledge or clue on how to use Acronis, but I am a pc tech so I'll get the hand of it if you give me the steps one by one.