This my first post to this board, but I have been reading posts for a couple of weeks. I have been every impressed with the high level of knowledge the posters have. I am very much a novice, but have been picking up alot from these boards. Hopefully not just enough to be dangerous. We have a two-computer home 10 Mbps ethernet network and are just now getting ready to do our first imaging. I read a post yesterday that makes me feel that my intended imaging routine is flawed. Because of this, I thought I would post my imaging plan for your comments. Once all the new hard drives are installed, the host PC will have a 160GB Seagate internal hard drive and a 250GB Western Digital My Book USB/Firewire 400 external hard drive. The host PC also has a DVD +-RW drive. The second PC will have an 80GB Samsung (Dell OEM) internal hard drive and a CD +-RW/DVD drive. My intention is to do a full image of the host 160GB internal hard drive to the firewire-attached 250GB external hard drive. I also will do a full image of the 2nd PC’s internal hard drive through the Ethernet network to the same 250GB external hard drive. To avoid possible conflicts during imaging, as stated I will be connecting the external drive to the host’s firewire port instead of a USB port. I am imaging the 2nd PC through the network because the 2nd PC does not have a firewire port. For additional protection I will burn a copy of the images from the 250GB external drive to DVD+R disks. To gain assurance that I have good images, I will restore the 160GB image from the DVDs to an extra 80GB Samsung internal hard drive that I have, remove the 160GB drive from the host and install the extra 80GB drive in the host, and try to boot the restore from the extra hard drive. The 160GB drive will never have more than 20GB of data on it so the 160GB drive image will easily fit on the 80GB extra drive (am I right in believing that this will work?). Then I will put the extra drive into the 2nd PC and restore the 2nd PC’s image from DVD to the extra 80GB drive that is now in the 2nd PC and try to boot the 2nd PC. Does all of this sound like it will work? I am also interested in hearing your comments regarding a couple of my concerns. I am most concerned about the ability to image (and to restore an image) through an 10 Mbps Ethernet network to (from) a firewire-port-connected external hard drive. I am also concerned about being able to restore the 160GB drive’s 15GB image onto the extra 80GB internal drive (to test the image). I had read that the hard drive accepting the restore must be the same size or larger than the hard drive being imaged. As I said, the 160GB hard drive will not have alot data (maybe never more than 20GB during the life of the drive). This will fit on the 80GB extra drive, am I missing something? I look forward to reading any comments you may have regarding my imaging plan. Thank you in advance.