A lot questions are popping up re the Raxco Instant programs. First a couple of basics Raxco IR is an update of the old FDISR. Major enhancements are you can now install directly in Win 7/8 with out the fudges needed for FDISR. Better snapshot isolation. Faster. Major differences between Instant Recovery and Instant Rescue. Snapshots Recovery 10 Rescue 1 Archives Recovery yes Rescue no. Okay so what is Instant Recovery Snapshots are a bootable copy of your system. The snapshot can be a direct copy, or you can modify it. By modify you can completely strip it down to bare essentials. You could have just a gaming snapshot. The downside to a lot of snapshots is disk space. They must reside on the C: drive You can boot between snapshots from the GUI or, there is a preboot screen that comes in prior to the windows boot manager, and here you can interrupt the boot and choose the snapshot to boot into. The preboot is NOT installed in the MBR. There is NO modification to the MBR. Archives are off disk copies of a snapshot. They are not bootable, but need to be restored. Also you can't restore the archive of a snapshot while in that snapshot, you must be in another snapshot. You can have as many different archives as you want. Archives can be of the same snapshot but different points in time. The only limitation would be disk space as they are essentially the same size as the snapshot. Another powerful feature is the ability to exclude files and or folders. More on the use of this later. I am going to break this post here, and in the next post cover comparisons. Then in a third post I will do some of the ways I use it.