Up to now, I have, for Windows, used a product which unfortunately was engulfed and devoured, and after 15 years on the market isn't made anymore. So I'm looking to buy around 5-6 copies of a replacement backup software. Acronis True Image Home 2009 is one of the products I'm looking at. However, I am having multiple showstopper problems: 1: No matter what I try, I can not get the bootable rescue media to boot, on any machine. I format a USB keyfob to FAT32, and use the Acronis Media Builder to install the Recovery Manager on it. So far so good. Then I try to boot it (a backup is worthless unless you have successfully done a restore and know it works). And it boots, for about a millisecond, after which the screen displays "1File not open" one one machine, and just a blinking cursor on the other. Trying to turn off apic and acpi by editing the boot menu doesn't help -- not that I thought it would, because the boot never get as far as the boot menu. One system is a P9300 based laptop with EFI instead of a BIOS, and another is an Opteron based workstation. The USB stick boots fine if I put a linux distro on it. Any suggestions? 2: One of the machines is a laptop, which backs up to a remote CIFS storage over a wireless connection. Due to the nature of wireless connections, interruptions can occur. With Acronis, what happens then is that I get a requester stating that the media could not be read (Error -1), and gives the options Retry and Cancel. No matter what i hit, this requester comes back over and over and over again -- even after the network connection has been restored. Even trying to cancel out of the backup in-between this requester showing has no effect -- it reappears again and again, until I reboot the system. I need to be able to perform unattended backups. Failing if the network goes down is OK, but requiring user intervention is not. And getting a looping requester that never (well, after 200 clicks or so, I gave up trying) quits won't do at all. Even with a "silent" backup, this requester pops up. Any suggestions as to how to get a truly unattended backup working? 3: 8+3 file names on media that supports long file names. An example of the problem might illustrate it best: When backing up "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office" and "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Street & Trips", the folders also have 8+3 names -- let's say MICROS~1 and MICROS~2 for simplicity. The registry entries for the application often refer to these 8+3 names instead of the long names. When restoring, it's important to get the 8+3 name correct too, else the registry entries will look in the wrong folder. When I restore and try to open a .DOC file, I get an error message which boils down to a file not being found, because the registry entries use an 8+3 path which has changed. Is there a way to get Acronis to restore not only the long name, but also the 8+3 name? 4: Housekeeping. If manually removing backups, the backup files being used are deleted. However, if a backup fails, is interrupted, or superseded, the resulting and unusable backup file appears to stay forever. Is there a way to get Acronis to keep the backup directory tidy? Or, if this is not possible, to not have it use incremental names, but only the exact names you specify, overwriting existing files without adding a number to the end? I don't want to see backup, backup2, backup3, backup4, backup5, backup6, and no way of knowing which ones are active and which ones can be deleted The restore manager won't tell you the name of the individual files -- only the last one used. If the above problems aren't fixable in Home 2009, is trying Echo Workstation worth it, or is it just a different interface and remote control capabilities on the same engine?