Hi, I installed an external Iomega USB HD 160gb. According to the documentation that came with this drive, "Iomega does not recommend or support multiple partioning of the drive". Now if I read the posts correctly Acronis will create partition layout itself. I also already have some data saved on this ext HD and again according to a post I read" repartioning a drive with data on it is risky at best". Am I SOL with regard to using this new ext HD or am I not interpreting these posts correctly. Thanks for your reply again I am trying to do my homework first before I possibly create, an unwanted and avoidable problem before I create an image with Acronis TI 8.