Well . . . my Acronis TI saga has come to an end (can I hear a collective sigh of relief?) I've given up on making an image. Originally, I had thought that since my HDD was coming to its TTF soon, I would try to image it. To that end, I bought TI. I also bought a 120 GB HDD. But the bugs in TI9, PLUS MY OWN SELF-IMPOSED LIMITATION OF TRYING TO DO AN IMAGE TO CD'S, finally stopped me. Plus, swapping old and new HDD's several times with all the aborted TI sessions, kind of wore out the spacing connector for the HDD in my laptop. In fact, when the little brass contacts inside the spacer started to come out, plus the prongs on the HDD's were starting to get bent, I figured I had maybe one last try before I had myself an expensive boat anchor on my hands. Since I didn't want to hang my hat on that last try being an image failure again, I decided to do a "clean install". One of the reasons I wanted to make an image was because I didn't want to go through the hassle of reinstalling XP, settings, and all my apps on my new HDD. But the greatest reason was because I didn't want to suffer through all those Microsoft security updates that I knew I'd have to download and install if I did a "clean" install of XP. As it turned out, I DID do a clean install of XP and it WASN'T as much of a hassle as I thought it would be - even the drivers were not an issue (and I expected a lot of hassle there). It went pretty smooth. And the settings and app installs went pretty smooth too. And I even had an SP2 CD on hand, so that went fine too. BTW, there was no reauthorization required. And the advantage to doing a "clean" install is that now I have a "lean" registry, which I wouldn't have had if I had done an image and restored it. The start up and shutdown is pretty fast now, whereas those sequences were getting longer and longer as my old registry got "clogged" up (I guess I could have used a "Registry Cleaner", but I've not been impressed with those things). Now I'm sure my "new" registry will eventually get bound up again, but now I have a three-ring binder with "Renstall stuff" (screen shots of serial numbers of apps downloaded over the years, e.g. SnagIt), reinstall files on CD and pen drives, and apps on CD (e.g. Roxio, Office, Lotus, etc.). But right now, the clean install is running fine. I think when the time comes to do this again, I'll just get out my app CD's, my Driver CD's, etc. and do it!! Of course, the disadvantage to doing a clean install, as I said, is all those miserable Microsoft Security updates. There've been 73 since 2004 - that's a little over 2 a month!! Now I'm in the middle of those 73 updates, with my primitive dial-up no less, and that's about as much of a hassle as I thought it would be. But that's NOT an Acronis TI issue, so I've posted those problems on other forums (TechSupport Guy, HP - any other suggestions for forums??). Sorry Acronis, it was probably more my fault than it was yours. But I think my saga will have a happy ending . . . Oh, almost forgot . . . thanks GroverH, Xpilot, K0lo, DwnNdrty, foghorne, seekforever . . . . and all the other posters here for the info and effort.