First off. It seems to be a great product. Now I have never used a program like this before or backed up any thing. I went ahead and made a backup of my hd to my external usb drive. Now a member on the previous board had a question that was never answered. Which is my same question. As a completely new user of Drive Backup (free edition), I would like to know whether, when doing a restore, it is necessary to erase and reformat the hard drive, or will the restore overwrite what is already on the disk. Thanks, Leland I also have another question. I am thinking about adding this program to a netbook. I created a usb recovery media. Am I able to use that same thing on the other pc in case a recovery is needed? 1 last question. I am running XP Home SP3 on both machines. If I happen to need to recover. What do you advise the easiest way? Stick the usb media in and boot that first? Then boot the external hd? Then how would I restore that onto my internal drive? With that. I am talking about if the system would just not boot into windows at all.