I want to try using the TI9 Clone Utility to clone the system disk . Reading numerous posts on this Forum makes me think that this can be a scary process that can lead to disaster if unsuccessful. However, I have a spare disk and want to learn how to use the Clone Utility, using this spare disk, as I may need to do it for real one day. Because it is the system disk that I want to clone, I will boot from the TI9 CD and perform the process using the Linux interface. I believe that this is the best way to do it because the system disk will be "at rest" with no open files or processes. As this is only a "test", I don't acutally want anything to change on the existing system. This is my work PC so I do need to be absolutely sure that the existing system will remain intact and unaffected by the process. When I have completed the process I want to test the clone by swapping out the existing system disk and the clone and then booting from the clone. If the system boots and all software runs properly then that will be the end of the test. The disk arrangement is as follows: - Disk 1 - Internal SATA. 4 partitions. System on partition 1 drive C: Disk 2 - Internal SATA. Data only Disk 3 - External SATA. This is the spare disk that I will use as the destination. (Identical specification to the source disk). A few questions for those more knowledgeable about this process: * Are there any documents (other than the TI9 User Guide) that provide "best practice" guidelines when using the Clone Utility? * Before starting this process should I clear the spare disk and leave the entire disk space as "unallocated" or should I create a single Primary partition across the entire disk? * My biggest fear is that I will screw something up and end up with an unbootable system. Do Forum Members have any safeguards to ensure that the process is 100% safe? Thanks for your feedback.