In my previous post I talked about the problem of corrupted images using DVD. Believing Acronis is not addressing that problem in a forthright manner, I went out and purchased a new Maxtor 120G USB 2.0 external drive. I formatted it for NTFS. Using my notebook with Win XP Pro SP2 I then created an image on the external drive. Upon checking the image I was told it was corrupt. On a whim, I then rechecked the image. Guess what, it is no longer corrupted. Now, am I to believe that this image is actually okay? Can I really rely on this in case of failure? No, I don't think I can. It seems to say to me that the error checking I/O routine (or routines if they use more than one (and perhaps they shouldn't)) is faulty. Oh, yes you could say I had an intermittant hardware failure. This seems highly unlikely since both the notebook and the external dirive are new. Considering the number of items regarding corrupted files is long and varied it seems intuitively obvious that the software is lacking some very vital error checking. It writes the image successfully as it tells you and then it can't read it immediately afterwards? Just where does Acronis stand on correcting this problem? Are they even working on it? Will we see another new release? When? These are some of the more obvious questions raised, and unfortunately without the Acronis techinicains answering any of them.