I would like some clarification on the whole secure zone thing. I like the idea of not requiring the CD to boot acronis in a disaster, but I don't keep any of my backups on my computer (laptop). Now I will say that the auto-consolidation (if reliable, I am still waiting to reach my limit) is a huge improvement (though I found if you accidentally open and start the editing process of the task, it can change the file name of the set to the last incremental file and then you incremental becomes a full backup. The auto fill in/selections need to be off when editing a task, or smarter than that.) Back to my question... Is the secure zone for all your backups, or just critical boot information? The documentation gave me the impression that is was absolutely required to use Acronis Startup Recovery Manager" Is that the case. What I want is to continue to backup onto my attached media. Have it auto-consolidate so all I have to do is attach the media and say run, and I would like to be able to start Acronis without the CD should I need to use the backups on the attached media. Is there a formula for that? Since I have packed a couple of other items in, I was also curious how to access the feature that will tell a backup to run say at boot time if a specific media is present and not throw an error, but simply not run if the media is absent. The features is reported to be present on the web site, but I have not found the option.