:: Acronis True Image 8.0 build 826 :: I started out with a 115Gb NTFS formatted Maxtor ATA hard disk (the boot disk on my system running Windows XP Professional w/ SP2) partitioned as : c: (OS + programs) - 30 gb d: (files) - 85 gb Installed trial version of Acronis True Image 8.0, enabled SZ allowing to take 25gb off d: - worked like it should, disk got partitioned as : c: (windows xp pro sp2) - 30 gb d: 60 gb asz: FAT 25 gb Tested ATI for two weeks, everything worked fine. uninstalled trial version but was not prompted to re-allocate the space taken by asz back to d: So after uninstall I had a "new" partition on this disk. No problem, just reformatted those 25 gb as partition "x:" - result : c: 30 gb d: 60 gb x: 25 gb So basically I got another partition I didn't ask for, but hey, nothing major. Bought the ATI software online (v 8.0 build 826) and installed it. Now, enabling Acronis Secure Zone, allowing to take 15 gb off partition d:, yields the following result for this disk, from left to right in Disk Management : c: 30 gb (no change) d: 45 gb (as requested) "free space" : 25 gb () x: 25 gb (no change) ASZ : FAT 15 gb (as requested, taken from d "unallocated" : 15 gb () in other words, the size of ASZ and partition x: is "duplicated" (well, visibly, of course) in the Disk Management tool as "unallocated" and "free space" respectively. Why it does that is beyond me, because the trial version didn't have such quirks on the same disk. Moreover, according to Disk Management the size of Disk 0 has "increased" to 155gb, i.e. by 25+15=40 gb of unallocated / free space - partitions ... odd, to say the least. I know True Image can do a lot of neat stuff but it can't "inflate" my disk, now can it ? I have tried taking the needed space for ASZ off x: rather than d:, but this gives comparable results : the overall disk size appears "increased", and the size of asz and the partition it takes its space from, is "duplicated" in disk management as free / unallocated space every time. I have really tried to fix this several times, I have uninstalled ATI, rolled the system back to a previous state, installed again - but to no avail. Setting up ASZ keeps messing up my disk layout like this in computer management / disk management. Since setting up asz first worked fine with the trial version, i'm assuming the uninstall of that trial version and not being prompted to re-allocate the asz space to d: and thus creating a new partition x:, is very likely to have something to do with it, as no other changes to the system were made. I have not experienced any system anomalies or crashes since this "problem" arised, but am nevertheless concerned. Questions : -why doesn't an uninstall of the software handle re-allocating the space properly ? (well, it's too late now, but i can't help but wonder) -what is causing this incorrect representation of the disk layout, and is it likely to cause any system instability ? -if yes, can i do anything about it without completetly re-initializing the entire disk and starting from scratch ? Thanks for your time. Chriss Ons, Belgium.