Now that I've purchased both Acronis True Image 9 and Acronis Disk Director 10 for use with my laptop, I've created a bootable USB thumb drive that contains the Rescue Media versions of both products. I can boot the laptop from the USB thumb drive and do recovery operations if anything goes wrong. This strategy will work fine IF I happen to remember to bring the thumb drive with me wherever I take the laptop. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to create a separate partition on the hard drive and install rescue versions of both TI and DD? If something happens and Windows won't boot then I could boot into the rescue version of TI and restore a backed-up image or use Disk Director to set a partition active, or perform other maintenance tasks. I use GRUB as my bootloader and have been trying to do the above. Here's what I've done so far: Created a new 100 MB logical partition at the end of the drive Formatted it with FAT16 Temporarily assigned a drive letter so that the partition could be seen by Windows Started Windows. Copied the files from the bootable USB stick to the new partition Using a utility, extracted the bootsectors from the USB stick Using the disk editor in DD, replaced the bootsector of the FAT16 partition with the one from the USB thumb drive (being careful not to write over the BIOS Parameter Block) Removed the drive letter from the partition to hide it from Windows Then I tried from a GRUB shell to start the Acronis utilities: Code: root (hd0,7) chainloader +1 boot The Acronis utilities do not start up. I get a GRUB error 18 (Selected cylinder exceeds maximum supported by BIOS. This error is returned when a read is attempted at a linear block address beyond the end of the BIOS translated area. This generally happens if your disk is larger than the BIOS can handle (512MB for (E)IDE disks on older machines or larger than 8GB in general). So I assume that I need to locate this partition at the beginning of the disk instead of at the end? The bootable rescue media option is a very nice (and necessary) feature of TI and DD and the bootable CD and bootable USB thumb drive versions work well. Does anybody know how to create a version that permanently resides in a separate partition on your laptop's hard drive?