to all, just purchased Paragon HDM suite 2009, with free 2010 upgrade. I am an experienced user (25+ years) of systems, have used imaging since DriveImage, befor ghost, tried ghost, and have extensively used acronis, but if you read their message boards, you will see my frustration reflected in many threads there. I downloaded the FREE version to test. I have ENCRYPTED hard drive, did backup from inside the encrypted drive, restored to another external drive (as unencrypted), data looks good. Based on that, I purchased the full version QUESTION I have several machines that I test, wreck, etc. Is the FREE version of backup the same engine that is in the HDM suite? I will put teh PAID suite on my main machine, but will use the free one on my test machines (I test various encryption programs, reliability) QUESTION will the RESTORE disk (bootable CD/DVD/USB stick) of the suite, restore the backups done with the free version, or do I have to have separate restore disks? Also, anyone's experience with this , versus acronis, feedback, would be appreciated. thanks Nick Addendum - I use WinMagic's SecureDoc for Encryption, for bootup encryption, and it has worked very reliably, if anyone is interested in encryption experience.