In the Acronis advertising, it says that *all* the partition is copied, including the MBR. All is All. I believe this to be true. I have restored an Operating System (active partition) to a formatted partition that would not have a MBR on it, as it would not have anything on it as it is a freshly formatted, previously partitioned section of the disk. Acronis copied the active partition that I had imaged, to this partition, and it booted because Acronis asked me if I wanted to make it "active". If active is checked, then the MBR is copied to the partition and it will boot as it did before problems occurred. When one routinely backs up a C: drive active partition, (as the program shows in default mode with a check mark in the C: Drive), and puts that image on a separate hard drive, or on CDR's or other media, for safekeeping, it (Acronis) *does* copy the complete partition, MBR and all, or so say's Acronis and I would say that the program would have to do this, or what would be the sense of backing up an image of any of the partitions on the hard drive separately, if one has more than one partition? If one's hard drive failed, the active partition needs to be restored to a new hard drive, then the data that is backed up, in whatever format, can be added to the new hard drive, be it Acronis that was used or some other backup program. The most important issue of using an imaging program is to get the operating system back to an "operating state" exactly as one had it before the problem that caused it to no longer 'work'. The data issue recovery is not what this post is about. I have used drive imaging programs for the sole purpose to save myself the trouble of re-installing Windows or other OS back to the same or to a different hard drive. I use an Imaging program and I have always copied the C: (Active partition) and my D: (Data partition) to separate images to another hard drive. I have never copied the entire disk, as Support implies one do to restore the MBR to a new hard drive. This is just not the way people use their Imaging Programs, in my opinion. I have also used the image of the C: partition with both Acronis, and also Powerquest's Drive Image, to restore an operating system to a cleanly formatted partition, or to a new hard drive...and after so, restore the image or other backup format of my data to a separate partition on the new drive. I would bet that most readers of this forum do the exact same thing as I state above. My purpose of this post, is to have support clarify this issue they make of having to make an entire hard drive image , or the MBR will not be transferred to a newly formatted partition image. This would make the checking of the little boxes in the wizard of which partition you want to back up useless. One would always just check the Whole Disk, if what Support would have you believe. Please, once and for all, clarify this issue. I know that Support is referring to multiple operating systems that are located on different partitions with a boot manager to point to the one the user wants to 'start'. In this case you would need to image the complete hard drive to retain the several MBR's necessary, but with only one operating system this is not the case. The active C: partition will restore just fine, MBR and all, to a new hard drive. Allen L.