Hi, Windows XP Professional SP 3 Acronis True Image Home 2009 I have 2 hard disks: 500 GB Seagate and 80 GB Seagate. The 500 GB has 2 partitions C: (65 GB)(primary)(system) and D: (400 GB)(extended)(data). The 80 GB has 1 partition (extended) I used the Acronis True Image Home 2009 to create a Secure Zone (20.02 GB) on the 80 GB hard disk. I also started the Acronis Startup Recovery Manager. I took backups of the computer but did not save them in the Secure Zone. Will Startup Recovery recognize those backups not saved in Secure Zone. Should I save all backups in the secure zone? Why is the Secure Zone FAT32 and not NTFS? Now, I read in the help file that TI erases the original MBR and writes its own boot code. Will that harm my OS in any way? What are the worst case scenarios of this rewriting the boot record. Is using Secure Zone advised and recommended or should I stick to normal Backups saved on the D: or E: drive. One more thing I want to ask is, If I have to reinstall my OS completely (Suppose something goes Awfully wrong) will I able to recover the 20 GB taken up by Secure Zone? Or will the new installation of Acronis TI in the new reinstalled OS automatically recognize the secure zone? I am very new to this backup and restore thing. I was one of the people who didnt give a damn about backing up data. But after some recent happenings I've changed my mind. Could someone please explain me or point some useful sites. Also please explain the various ways of backup and restore using TI. ( at least name some ways) Thanx for ur patience in reading this and thanx again if u r willing to help.