I have a Dell PowerEdge server with a Perc Raid Controller on it. It has a RAID array as follows: 2 Disks Mirrored = C:\ (Compressed @ running really short of disk space) 3 Disks Raid 1 = E:\ 2 Disks Mirrored = F:\ (1 Hotswap Drive) 1 External Firewire 800 I TB Backup disk = G:\ Besides Acronis I am using Veritas with the SQL Open file option. (Having some issues with Veritas backing up all data on C: because of Compression . . .but that is for another forum) One the C Drive I have the system partition and applications (Most Importantly MS SQL Server 2003) with some SQL Data stored here. On the E:\ I have the Database Files (Most Important Data) On the F:\ I have backup of SQL Data I image all data from Acronis onto the G:\ Full Backups everyday. Here is my question. Will acronis restore compressed data exactly the way it was and will it remain compressed? I read here on the forums to pause the SQL server before Acronis snaps the images, so is there a command line switch to use in the Tools -> Options->Databases, something like net stop sql or net start sql ? that will perform this so I don't corrupt any data?? In your opinion, Is this the best strategy you can think of for this set-up? Thanks in advanced for all your help.