Is this really possible? I have one of the dirtbag HP/Compaq laptops with the genuine HP reverse engineered aberration of Vista Home Premium in the recovery partition. No real operating system and no real Microsoft disks. I've managed to trap most of the bugs that result from uninstalling the many gigabytes of trashware HP installs in this software sales counter disguised as computer. Now I need to get a complete backup image before the next HP bomb goes off and it dies. I made a True Image v.11 recovery set on DVD-RW with the program installed on the first disk to make the archive bootable. Burning and verifying went okay. No problems at all. Doing a test restore to see if it actually works is very scary. First thing is: when booting, it comes right up to a screen asking if I want Windows or Acronis. I choose Acronis. Then it goes to black and that's where it stays until I tap the power button. Last time I let it sit a half hour to see if it would finish booting on it's own but it didn't. However, as soon as I tap the power button, away it goes. Is this normal or a symptom of bigger problems? Regarding the test restore: it's looking like a revolving exercise in futility which arrives at one dead end or another. After several rounds, I finally got the thing to proceed when I told it I wanted to resize the partitions. Otherwise, forget it. Now it seems to be stuck in an infinite loop of asking me to swap back and forth between Volume 1 and Volume 2 and retry. I must have swapped volumes at least 30 times so far and this has been going on for 1½ hours. I'm afraid I'll wear out the drive tray on this junk before I ever get this restore done. Is this the way it's supposed to work? I know I need really need an external USB hard drive for this but I still want to have a base image on disks to put away in the safe. I do need to get a good, restorable image so I can wipe the drive so clean that the HP recovery partition will be nothing more than a bad memory.