My work laptop runs Windows XP with Acronis TrueImage 8.0. The hard disc in the laptop has two partitions C: (40GB - for work use, with the standard company build on it) and E: (20GB - as a test partion for guest operating systems). The C: partion is encrypted using PGP Whole Disk Encryption, whereas the E: partion is unencrypted. For backup I have a Maxtor USB disc drive with a small Boot Partion (85MB) plus a 100GB Acronis Secure Zone (hidden partition) and an 89GB unhidden partion on the remaining part of the USB disc. In the Secure Zone I have/had a full image of my laptop C: drive taken in February 09 plus an additional incremental image backup taken in April 09. I recently accidentally trashed the hard drive of my laptop by installing a new operating system in the E: partition without first decrypting the C: drive (so it trashed the MBR). The whole disk drive was replaced with one containing a clean standard build image. I checked I could successfully restore data from my backup, using Explore Image (and successfully restored a few small folders) to prove everything worked. I then decrypted the laptop drive, repartioned it as before, creating an E: drive, installed my test operating system in E:, rebooted to work work build and used Acronis True Image to create a backup image of the new C: drive outside the Secure Zone on the unhidden partition on my USB hard disc. Having completed that successfully I then attempted to restore all my missing files from the previous image backups in the Secure Zone, only to find the Secure Zone seems to have disappeared. I now cannot retrieve any of my previous backups,, even though I am confident they are still on the USB disc drive. Has anyone come across this sort of problem before? Can anyone help? Any suggestions would be gratefully received. Cheers Geoff.