I used True Image 11 Home to create an exact copy of my 3GB C:\ drive onto a 120GB usb external drive. What a waste of space, eh? No way around that I suppose. Unfortunately, my bios does not support boot-from-usb. It does, however, look to the CD-RW drive (D:\) for a bootable cdrom. So in the event of a software crash or a C:\ hard drive crash so bad that Windows will not launch, I plan to boot from the Acronis installation CD and use Acronis to transfer the backed-up system from the external drive onto my C:\ drive...or onto a new C:\ drive if hard drive failure was the problem. My question to you is, Does that plan sound doable?