I am currently relying on Fd_ISR for emergency rescue & recovery and I am very happy with the program. I realise though that images stored externally would be handy in case of a complete hardware failure. Seems on this board there are many recommendations for programs like Shadowprotect, Paragon, ATI etc often used in addition or instead of rescue software. I am afraid I am still unclear on some of the procedures for these programs. Any kind of emergency or rescue solution has to be reliable and to function in case of the emergency it protects against. With rescue software like Fd_ISR I can test the rescue snapshots by booting into them, checking that they work and putting my mind at ease. How does this work with images? How can I verify that the backup works and they will be there for me when disaster strikes? My current understanding is that given the fact that restoring from an image wipes all previous data on the drive I can either rely on the image, don't test it and hope for the best in case of an emergency use an image to restore into another drive, though this may cause issues if the hardware is different - some progs like Shadowprotect offer restoration even if this is the case but I guess some don't I restore the image to my existing drive to test, though this seems like russian roulette to me. If it does not work, then the emergency is home-made Obviously I am missing something here - so how are you testing your images? Also I noticed in some threads that some of the experts were commenting that it took them only 5 or 10 minutes to do a full recovery using an image, hardly any longer than rescue software. What is a realistic timing for someone who does not do a restore every other day?