Having recently purchased Acronis True Image, I was in doubt whether it would really work when I needed it to. Well, last week, my operating system went down and using a full disk image, I was able to restore everything to the way it was in less than half an hour. For me anyway, Acronis worked exactly as advertised. I used the "full" version of a rescue CD and restored an image off an external USB hard drive. System details: Acronis True Image 8.0 (build 889) Dell Dimension 4700 Windows XP SP2 Western Digital External USB Hard Drive (80 GB dual option) Note: A good tip is to check your image immediately after creating it as on my system that takes about 15 minutes using the C: drive versus 3 to 4 hours to check it as indicated by the rescue CD (something to do with USB drivers?).I skipped this as I had already checked the image when I had created it. However, this issue did not seem to affect the actual restore as that was done in under thirty minutes. Also, the external USB drive should be powered up before powering up the computer. Thank you again Acronis.