Hello folks! I am new to DD and TI Home 09. I am excited AND a little perplexed. The more I read on the goals I am trying to accompish, the more difficult it seems. I will do my profile later...I am a developer and long time computer geek. I am trying to do these tasks: Upgrade my XP Home to XP Pro. (after this comes the real hard stuff) Use DD to partition my USB 1 TB external drive in preparation to: Bring on two OS's. Use for TI Image and back up . I have about 68 GB left on my main internal drive and I have about 850 GB on the USB drive. The USB drive is always connected. I am willing to make the USB a clean drive, if I can ulimatly put an image on it, or at least a full back up. I want to have a multi boot of XP Pro, Ubuntu, Windows 7 RC. Ubuntu saved my butt a month ago, I am willing to give it a go and at least learn this distro. Windows 7 RC is just a test and I am in tersted in it for onlt those purposes. I will be getting rid of it eventually. Maybe I will upgrade to when available. I have learned that the Ubuntu will be harder to manipulate into boot in OS Selector. I have the Live CD and am willing to give it its own space/partition. I want DD OS Selector to be the one in control of the boot managemnt if possible. I don't want my current system to be affected in anyway. I only want an image of my XP Pro and maybe if I stay with Ubuntu. I am willing to get another internal drive if necessary, but I prefer not to. Windows 7 has a technique I can use. It's called a VHD. I know nothing about how to do that. I am reading a site that offers a sort of tutorial on it. Right now, I am using a back up program that came cheap with another that I bought. It is ok, a little slow and really does better at syncing. I can use TI to make a bootable CD. Making the USB bootable seems a little ify, but I do like the idea. Putting Ubuntu on it's own partition made on the free space on my main drive is ok, I prefer the USB Drive or rather to buy another drive. I am worried about mistepping and blowing up my MBR or worse. What steps would you take if you were performing these goals? I'll take any good advise. I will be continuing to learn and read up until then. I have been amanyual reader since about 1983. Thank you, BarJabba PS I hope I did not waste my money on buying TI and DD.