I wish someone would produce a backup/restore program whose default behaviour was just that - backup and restore - not to make smartass changes to the data being restored, at least not without asking the user's permission and giving the option (preferably the default option) to leave the date EXACTLY as it was when saved. Because all backup programs seem to try to second-guess the used these days, I'm stuck with using Drive Image 2, and even then I have to backup and restore the boot sector separately to get a true image restore. Unfortunately, DI2 does not handle any Linux format other than EXT2, so I was hoping TrueImage might be the answer. One thing it does NOT do is restore a "true image". First I restored a 1GB FAT16 image. When I validated the restored files, all were OK except for BOOTSECT.DOS, which is used by default by the NT boot menu (but as it happens I use my own boot sector images instead). None of the boot sectors for DOS or FreeDOS would boot correctly, and from the changes to BOOTSECT.DOS I assume the structure of the FAT partition had been changed in some arbitrary way. Next I restored a 5GB FAT32 image (1GB occupied) containing Windows 2000. It worked and booted, BUT TrueImage insisted on changing the 8K cluster sizes to 4K, with no option to override (I had a good reason to format it with 8K clusters - I don't want someone telling me I have to use another size). I don't know for certain whether or not it altered any Windows files such as the registry, since it was saved from a live, running system. A backup/restore system should do just what it says on the tin: backup and restore. Its default behaviour should be to restore an EXACT copy of the disk as it was at the time of the backup. If there are tweaks available, they should be non-default options which the user can select, but if not selected, the disk should be left in exactly the same state as if the backup and restore had never happened. I'm glad I tried TrueImage from a magazine cover disk, rather than wasting my money on the paid-for version straight away. If it had done a simple image backup and restore correctly, I would have been happy to pay for an upgrade.