To start with I'm just a newbie so please do help me. Here's a couple of info: Laptop is an Acer Aspire 5550series. Model: 5551AWXCi intel chipset (no idea what version) 256 memory internal CD-DVD rom drive External USB Samsung DVDRW OS: Windows XP home 60Gb HD: 3 Partition (EISA/c:/d: ) The recovery CD that comes with it sucks. It only restore the windows system. I'm looking for a third party backup software that would restore my system to the current state with all other software that ive used installed. and to reduce the time of installing the software and configuring it one by one. ---------------------------- heres what i did. I've installed ATI-Home trial. After installing ATIH i made a couple of test backup and save it to Drive d: -First i made an images of the C: drives (not include the EISA and D:\ drive) -second i made an image based on files and folders (all local drives) -both using full backup archive options I also created a bootable rescue media CD from my samsung usb dvdrw using dvd-r disk. My first test, i remove the external USB drive and put the rescue media bootdisk to the laptop CD-DVD rom. After booting from the CD and selecting the full version the screen suddenly turns blank and after a couple of minutes of waiting i rebooted the laptop and boot again from the CD but this time i've selected safe version. I was able to see the local drives (C:\ and D:\ ) and select the tib file from the drive d:. i was able to restore the second image (entire drive C: ) that i made and then restart again and see that all is working perfectly. Tried booting again from CD using safe version but this time I'm thinking of testing the first image that i made. when i was about to run the image theres a message popup that says like "restoring drive C: will also delete other partition not included in the image" something like that so i didnt continue restoring the first image that i made. Well anyway so i was thinking what if i backup all the entire harddisk including the hidden partition (EISA <-- dunno whats this do and drive D:\) maybe i can now test restoring image partition of a specific drive like lets says drive c:\. So i made another backup of the entire harddrive partition and save it to another DVD-r disk i also include in the media component option to install both full and safe version in fact ive selected all option from general and advance tab. The files was about 2.7gb with acronis bootloader included to the image dvd disk i've created. So heres the deal after booting from the second DVD ive created. i still cant access the full version and so i have no choice but to select the safe version otherwise windows. The problem here is that when using safe version, i wasnt able to see both my built-in cd-dvd rom and the external USB dvdrw, only local drives. what i want to accomplish is to access the CD drive (either of the two) for me to run the backup that ive save from there. i have no intention of installing or configuring recovery manager since its also resides from the local drives. what i only want to accomplish is to have a recovery disk with my image file in it and save it in a seperate DVD-r media. that i can use to restore my system in case of major problem. i still have a couple of days to go before the software expired. Sorry for my bad english. Thank for reading and sharing your ideas.