greetings all, it have been a very long time since i have been here. ok, here's my question; ....running win xp pro, 1.8ghz processor, 500gbs ram 40gb hd.,, acronis true image 9.0.... ....my friend has the above configured computer and no dvd burner, just a cd-rw drive/dvd combo (dvd reader).....experimenting with his setup, i have created a complete hard drive image to a file.... ...can i simply copy this image to a flash drive and onto my computer and then, burn that very same image to a dvd+r disc and if so, will that work to restore his computer if need be? will the image i made and eventually copied to dvd be bootable should there be a catastrophic hard drive crash? ...having not screwed around with this program for a very long time, isn't there a copy of acronis burned to the image so that if the hard drive was replaced, the computer would "recognize" it?.... ***edited; i should have read a bit more closely!...i need to make some rescue media and not having a dvd burner in the computer makes it difficult!...can i burn/create some sort of an image to burn to a file and then, do the same as above?.the more i think about this, the more complicated it becomes!