Sorry for the length of this 1st post ... I'll try to be as succinct as possible. (edited a bit to reduce bulk) I just purchased TI Workstation 9.1 w/ Universal Restore, and I'm not certain it's exactly what I thought it was or will do exactly as I had planned ... probably should have done a little more research, though I'm still sure its at least part of my ideal solution. I use 2 networked PC's - My primary PC is about a year old, has a 250GB drive and all of my data is stored there (single volume containing both data and software). This PC has OEM XP Home and I only have an OEM recovery disk. - My secondary PC is much older, has a 120GB drive w/ a purchased copy of XP home and is intended to have the same software setup as the primary, but no data. - I have 2 available externals that are 120GB. I plan to install a removable HD in the primary PC, probably 250GB What I'd planned to do is this: - 'Real-time' mirror the primary drive for disaster recovery using a new removable HD installed in the Primary PC (as close as possible to real-time w/o slowing my system). - Use one USB external drive for data backup, belts & suspenders so to speak. - Use a 2nd USB external drive for software backup to facilitate easy updates on the other & future PCs I'm game for repartitioning the 250GB if warranted, but want to be sure I am super careful. I'm also up to changing to Win2000 if absolutely needed, but won't go for Vista till it's proven itself to be stable and till I have PC's that will handle it. So ... to my questions: - Can Acronis "real-time mirror" or something close to that so that I always have a current clone of my software and data ready to take over if I lose my primary drive? If not, is there another solution I need to look at? - Can Acronis handle both maintaining the mirror (or pseudo-mirror), and scheduled nightly data backups? - Should I repartition my primary drive to software & data volumes to facilitate this, and is that possible w/o reinstallation of XP? Would I be way better off abandoning XP for 2000 to make this happen (I'd rather not spend the cash)? - Can I use one of my externals to clone the software from the Primary, and then update the other PCs whenever I make changes to the primary from that external? Or, if repartitioned, is the using 2nd external not necessary? I know this is a lot of info and a lot to ask in one post, sorry for that. I'd greatly appreciate any input or suggested tweaks to my strategy you could offer. (I'm not completely clear on the differences between clones and images, and in some cases above it's likely I meant image when I said clone).