I purchased the Acronis package after spending days reinstalling software the last time my hard drive died. Then I read through the forums and heard about all kinds of complications that left me wondering whether or not my backup would actually work if my system died. Well my system got all messed up recently, not sure how but I rebooted one day and suddenly programs were generating error codes, drive partitions dissapeared... Anyway, the point is that I rebooted from the Acronis CD and copied my backup image from my external USB hard drive to my internal hard drive and it worked! Good as new! I was so relieved not to have to spend days reinstalling everything. Just wanted to relay my positive experience! P.S. My Logitech G7 wireless mouse didn't work with the True Image boot disk. It only moved along the Y-axis and I had to use the keyboard to navigate. No biggie though. I downloaded the most recent bootdisk to do the reinstall at the time about a month ago.