My ultimate dream is to create a foolproof set of CD(s), or more preferably DVDs, to create a simple bootable restore disk sequence in the event of a hardware failure. I have an oem PC that came with four (fully automated, bootable) system restore disks (CDs), but of course they don't restore working documents, nor any programs loaded since purchase. I recently had a hardware failure and had to restore my system with the oem's restore disks. Fine. The oem restore process was flawless; but, I spent hours reinstalling backed-up documents and reinstalling favorite software. Not acceptable. So I purchased Acronis True Image as a hoped for preferred solution to the barbaric oem restore process. The only question is how to create restore disks that include my fingerprints. I'm now running XPPro (upgraded from the oem installed WindowsHome version that came without any support disk) on a single hard drive system, with Nero 6 Ultra Edition (newly installed), and I have both CD+RW and DVD+RW burners. How may I acheive my dream? [STOP. Re-read my dream noted above or move to the next post.] I tried imaging to DVD's after formatting them as UDF disks(?) using Nero 5.5 InCD. System hanged running True Image 7.0 just before completing the first DVD. I have since installed Nero 6 and tried reformatting the unsuccessfully and previously used DVD as a standard DVD (not as an InCD format). It has been formatting for over 24 hours, but still making progress. Another expensive coaster? Again, this is not acceptable. Before I create anymore coasters, does anyone have a magic recipe? Should I pre-format the DVDs? What format? InCD, ISO or other? Complete or quick format? And what about the file size? The blank DVDs say they can hold 4.7GB. Some recent posts have debated/suggested setting a limit of 2 or 3 GB before imaging. Can someone help unravel the mysteries? Can you help me build a tutorial for the technologically challenged? I suspect it would greatly help to have input from "wdormann"! Will any knowledgeable folks help out? Will you help a fellow person down on his or her technological luck? Thanks for any support.