I want to trial Acronis Trueimage Home 2009. 1) I read that I shouldn't trust ATI to create full disk images while windows Vista is running. Whilst it seemed to work well on previous versions of windows, I read that Vista makes it difficult to do this reliably. Sorry, I don't have a source for that - it was just some review comment somewhere. Is the above correct? The advice was to create the backup images using the boot disk CD, but I'd rather just use the CD for emergencies. For normal backup procedure every week, I'd like to just reboot and manually use the F11 feature. Does anyone else use this as their normal practice? Would this be faster than making backups with Vista loaded, as well as negating any issues regarding Vista preventing certain parts of the disk from being copied? 2) I don't want to backup to my laptop's own C: drive. I have a usb external drive. I was going to use it without creating an ASZ on it. As stated, I'd like to use the F11 option for making backups. But to enable that option, I need to create an ASZ. When enabling the F11 recovery manager feature, can I create the ASZ on the external drive, or does it have to be on the C: drive? Why does the F11 option need an ASZ anyway, bearing in mind I wasn't going to use secure zones at all? 3) Maybe I'm totally wrong attempting to use the F11 feature for normal procedure, and should be simply scheduling backups to be created whilst I'm working away in Vista. If so, could someone correct me please? However, when the drive fails on this laptop, I absolutely *must* be 100% sure that I can simply buy a new laptop drive and restore the last good image of the failed drive onto the new drive; that is far more important than ease and automation. I can 't find the answer to these questions anywhere. Thanks.