Hi i've been using the trial for a few days and want to publish my opinions on this product. Firstly this product has been a valuable tool in my latest reformat. I ghosted my computer before the format and certain minor things I forgot to backup the normal way I managed to restore in the new format One slight problem, which is more my fault, as restore permissions is defaulted to on, at one point acronis locked me out of my user directory, as it set it to the user SID from the pre format which obviously no longer exists. This gave me a perfect chance to test out the full restore functionality of the software (I could have fixed it, but thought it would be easier to ghost, plus I wanted to see how Acronis handled it). It rebooted and seemed to restore without a hitch however... Bug! The system froze at the end of the restoration, the mouse wouldn't move, or the num lock wouldn't turn on etc (I've submitted this to pre-sale support, although with no response as yet (#1339910)) After a hard reboot however, everything seemed to be well, well apart from the fact that windows complained about not being shut down properly - assumingly due to the fact that it backups windows while its running. This could be better explained to users that this will happen, or perhaps delete the files which cause windows to think its had an ungraceful shutdown? Anyway after that I was backup and running. So I tried setting up an Acronis Secure Zone. Now this wasn't easy... I set up a Secure Zone in windows, and set it up to take space from one of the partitons on one of my hard disks (not the same disk as windows is stored on) and install a 100GB secure zone. It rebooted but then disaster... BOOTMGR IS MISSING! Again for a non-technical user this would be a serious showstopper and panic them. I tried to fix my MBR by booting from the vista DVD and running startup fixer, but to no avail. I then realised that Vista had installed the boot files on another drive than the OS drive, which Windows likes to do. Once I moved these files to the Windows partition it booted fine. Although i'm not sure what Acronis did to suddently break this, when i've never had a problem with windows boot files not being on the windows OS before. After it booted Acronis resized the drive (without any data loss or anything it seems) and installed the secure zone. However the F11 prompt did not appear on boot. So I booted into windows deleted all the boot files from the non OS drive, uninstalled and reinstalled the secure zone, and then finally the secure zone worked and allowed me to boot into it! I couldn't help but think however that this is far too complicated for a lot of people? Surely this could be improved upon? Overall I'm impressed with this product. Having been using Ghost 2003 for years due to uncertaintly with Hot Imaging I am pleasently suprised by how it works actually and doesn't seem to be any major problems with hot imaging (although how it handles files being changed during a backup I don't know!) and it has been very handy with replacing some files such as some itunes preferences which I wouldn't manually backup. I am considering buying this product and probably will do, although I have a few more days to test it out first!