Vista Home Premium SP 2 -- 32 bit I have been using Acronis for several years. Every time I do a backup, whether it be full or incremental, I have run the validation process. I purchased a 320 GB Iomega external hard drive and thought I was all set in case of disaster. I had a disaster and couldn't use Acronis. I put the Acronis boot CD that I had made in and it opened fine, but I COULD NOT control my mouse so that I could select the Recovery option and in the end, I have a Dell PC with the "Factory Image Recovery" option which I had to use. I am not alone in this mouse problem I had. Something to do with Linux kernel/drivers, etc. I don't understand it so can't explain it. Seems strange the company wouldn't have alerted new users to this possible problem. Anyway, I'm looking for something else. I'm a novice and would like to get a little info on Paragon. Is it correct that I can make a complete backup (clone) of my entire system and everything on it with Paragon -- just as with Acronis? From what I read, I assume I have to make a bootable media for Paragon but use a USB flash drive instead of a CD. Is that correct? If there are any little wrinkles like there were with Acronis, I would appreciate it if someone would advise. Had I kown about this mouse situation with Acronis I would have found a fix BEFORE I needed to use the recovery option, not after the fact when it was too late.