Been reading about how Vista's MBR and the BCD thing has given TI10 the fits on occasion. I tried a test backup and restore and got crazy results. At least I think they are. I booted from the recovery CD (linux version). I couldn't select full (hung at loading) so I selected safe. Even though safe mode says no USB support I was able to access my USB drives. First crazy thing (IMO). I did a backup of my C: drive (Vista) to an IDE drive. Only one partition on the C: drive. I selected the whole disk including the MBR. I then restored the backup file to a USB drive to test it out. I did all of this in the same standalone session (maybe I should have rebooted inbetween?). So after the restore I restarted my machine and BAM I got the message about winload.exe being bad. I fixed this by running the Vista RE CD. My question is why did TI10 change the MBR on the source disk? I can see it changing it on the destination, but why the source? TIA.