I have purchased TI 9.0 and downloaded the latest build. I'm about to install and run a disk image backup, but I want to be sure I do everything correctly from the get-go (I have just come off a two month nightmare which involved a failure to restore using Retrospect). The documentation for TI 9.0 isn't clear: I want to do something very basic. I want a complete uncompressed disk image so that I don't have to spend a month building a system from scratch again. EVER. I'm not worried about data on a daily basis, as I back up to DVDs or CDs daily. I'm running Windows XP Media Center Edition on an Intel Pentium D Processor. I have a 300G HD and two 300G inserts for the HP Personal Media Drive port. I have both DVD-ROM and DVD/CD-RW drives. I have questions about three areas: 1) I don't want to make any complicated partitions on my internal or removable drives. I know that my computer came with a partition for the System Restore (so I have C: as my Main and D: as my System Restore drive). Is the best approach to make a straightforward disk image on removable HD media, and, if so, do I have to specify C: and D:, or do I just go with C:? Do I do this through Back Up or through Clone? I would be very happy if I could access my backed up files as if they were on my current hard drive so that I KNOW they're there without any leap of faith. Is that how it works when uncompressed? 2) Do I need to make a secure zone on a removable hard drive if I plug it in only to make full backups (alternating onto each of two different drives inserted into the same port at different times so that I have two complete separate full disk images)? Will I be prompted to make a secure zone during a disaster recovery? If I do have to make a secure zone, how on Earth do I know how big to make it? Would I need separate ones for C: and D: images? I feel the documentation is not clear on this. 3) I'm very concerned about the Master Boot Directory alteration thing: I don't understand the wording and I've looked through the forums and still don't get it: If I tell TI 9.0 to make a bootable DVD, will it only alter the MBD if I have to do a Disaster Recovery? I mean, it won't alter the Master Boot Directory NOW, or when I check to see if the DVD is, in fact, bootable, will it? When it does alter it, if I have nothing special installed (I removed the excess HP boot software while on the phone with an HP tech, so there's not much there), will it be very different after a recovery? I'm very leery. I've already been somewhat frightened by the fact that I purchased and installed TI 9.0 from a CD so I wouldn't have to download it over my lousy dial-up connection, then discovered I had to download the latest build anyway. Then I noticed in the forums that a clean install was advised, so I removed my older TI 9.0 build without ever having used it, but found that Add/Remove left bits all over the place that needed cleaning (Luckily, I had only to restore to yesterday and be done with it, rather than going through the nightmare of registry cleaning). I am not a computer expert (though I am an artist who uses the computer in my work), I'm new to XP (having hung on with Windows Me for many years), and I'm so shaken from my recent bad experiences with other programs that I'm afraid to do anything. I hope someone here can put my mind at ease. I want to do a simple disk image for disaster recovery only and I need it to WORK should the day come! Yikes! Thanks in advance--so much--for any words of wisdom and the answers to my questions.