New user, eager to learn, need quick advice, please. I just started on a trial v10 version. Never had Acronis before. I need few initial pointers and procedures to get me started. I did read the manual, but several things aren't clear yet. Background: I just reinstalled XP home, updated to SP2. Office Pro as well. Several security programs. The computer is clean at the moment. Practically no data yet. I made a bootable CD, checkmarked both Full and Safe in order to be able to get back to this state. Which would I be using (I'll reread the manual, so the answer here is not vital at the moment). Are my expectations correct? Or is this a good time to make an image? I think I'm asking what's on that CD. On a new Maxtor one touch III drive (USB2) I intend to do an image, and latter be adding data. I have no intention of using Restrospect which comes with the drive. Is there anything I have to do on the drive or the computer to disable it? To keep confusion down, I want Acronis TI to be the only backup utility (plus some drag and drop). The reason I ask about the specifics of Maxtor is this thread: https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=152229&highlight=maxtor Do I have to/should I partition the Maxtor drive? It's 200gig. My laptop has 60gig. For recovery, when do I use the rescue CD I made and when the image from Maxtor? When making an image, should it be done from safe mode? Or normal Windows mode? Should the firewall, antivirus, antispyware etc be disabled or can they continue to run in the background? What is the impact of running applications (ZoneAlarm etc) on the image that's being made? When images are dated, is the date format year-month-day (I hope, for sorting purposes)?