My paranoia is because: I noticed posts here reporting some flaw in True Image caused problems with original operating system drive during cloneing. So I am hesitant to clone or use Acronis for backup images. Are those cases blunders or faulty software? I am considering buying Workstation 9.1 with Universal Restore, if WS has been upgraded to function with newest hardwires, and chipset. Will WS support Vista very soon? Is TI 10 a better choice? Also intend to try Firstdefense, and BING. This weekend, will begin to learn imaging/restore with the applications; or based on good advice some other application. 4My first interest is backup applications for: 1. Disaster recovery. Keeping my current operation sys and programs intact. 2. Separate partitions for XP/programs, and data files, if possible without reinstalling XP and programs? 3. Eventually will want to migrate to a new computer. 4. File backup is last. Over time have acuminated an unreasonable excess of drives for manual backup; so available to clone operating system and programs have: • Two IDE/ATA hard drive enclosures in computer case, with several removable inner racks • Empty 80GB hard drives in inner racks. • 30, 40, and 60 GB drives; not useful except for OS clones, etc. • One medium size new internal Seagate SATA. • One 500GB Seagate eSATA; unopened. Have moved files from computers' 250GB SATA drive so 26GB remains for possible clone to a small ATA drive in a IDE removable rack, and /or to the small segate SATA drive. Downloaded TI 7.0 to try first clone; began a backup image but it required more than a day, so stopped the process. From reading, instructions, as well as discussions in this forum I believe for my hardware the process is: 1) Clone current 250 internal SATA drive to 40GB ATA drive in rack, (A functional internal drive). 2) Select "Automatic" to automatically scale down to 40GB from the current 250GB OS drive. 4) Close down the PC. 5) Disconnect internal SATA drive. 6) Reboot the PC, the ATA clone will (should)boot? A) Elsewhere here read that, during the clone process the computer will need to reboot and that the first reboot needs to be allowed; I did not notice a specific response to the question about rebooting during the cloning? B) Found, read and understand, Acronis Support's: Do not boot after making clone, until either the original or cloned drive is disconnected. c) Do I need to reset the BIOAS to boot the ATA clone? Or with original SATA operating sys drive unplugged will XP find the clone and see as C: so will boot?