Hello, I bought Acronis True Image 11 and ran the program from the recovery cd to do my complete backup. I already own an external drive and information on that disc was part of my backup, so it was not an option to back up to. I also liked that DVD media had a "permanent" aspect to it, whereas a hard drive always has the potential to not work. (Plus I didn't want to shell out money on a new external) Anyway, over the course of several days I did the backup, it completed successfully and did the validation as part of the backup (I checked the option to do it after the backup completed) and that completed ok as well saying that it was completely successful. Now, I have heard about the nightmare that disc-swapping can pose because of files spanning multiple discs and we are talking 29 double-layer discs here, so I know that it would probably be an EXTREME amount of disc swapping. However, I searched these forums and it seemed that one user had advised another to simply transfer the data from the dvds to another hard drive (which if I had to do a restore, I would be willing to buy) and then to restore from there. My question is: can anyone on these forums tell me if I should be able to copy the data from these 29 discs to one folder, on an external hard drive, and then restore from there? I would like to think that I wasn't wasting my time over these past several days. I appreciate any help that you can provide.