Purchased used Dell d600 laptop with xp sp2 installed from company which let me go. System is set up, 80 gig hd, with all sorts of restrictions (it was on a network and controlled by network technicians) and starts up almost every service imaginable. No CD's or startup disks provided. I have a 2nd HD caddy with a blank 80 gig hard drive, which I can place into the space which houses the cd drive. My idea is to clone the primary Drive C: (Only partition) to the 2nd hd. 1. Then I will try to cleanup The primary by shutting down services, getting rid of programs not needed, trying to get rid of some of the restrictions, etc. 2. If I foul up on the primary, I want to be able to substitute the 2nd Hd and boot up the machine so I have a working machine. (I am not intending to put the clone into another machine, I only have this one machine and am terrified to not be able to have it working) 3. After reading through many of the threads on the Acronis section. I do not even want to try the trial copy of True Image 11. It appears that a clone is not really a bootable clone. Remarks about wiping out the primary as part of the clone process defeat my purpose of having the 2nd Hd. (Some of the threads implied the trial does not provide the functionality I need.) 4. I have backed up everything from my primary to an 80 gig usb drive using windows backup. If I can't run the primary Hd, however, the backup is useless. 5. I have no problem in purchasing the software if it can do exactly what I want without requiring me to hire a consultant. I would appreciate enlightenment!!