Well, after reading this board for a week and studying the Guides, and having Acronis TI for about two weeks, I thought it was about time that I try copying an image to my HDD and then burn a copy to CD's. My behavior up until now has been a "shoot from the hip" style. So, when I installed TI about two weeks ago, I made the mistake of going ahead and creating an SZ (before I read these boards) - that was mistake #1, and I messed up my MBR and Partition Magic in the process. Then I tried to create an image on CD's - that was mistake #2, since I wasted four CD's, and ran out of what I had on hand, before I realized it would take many more for my image. About the only thing I did correct back then was to make a bootable CD. Anyway, finally I decided to be more prudent about it all, read these boards, and think things through rather than be impulsive. As DwnNdrty has suggested I do, I plan to get an external HDD to copy the image to, but I think I'd better make an image NOW rather than wait for the new HDD to arrive (I'm superstitious - if I wait much longer, I'm afraid my HDD will crash; which will be a double disaster since I now have TI and can make an image). So, it's time for me to stop reading and take action. This is where the rubber meets the road. Also, as DwnNdrty and several others have suggested, I've decided NOT to make a clone of the new HDD I'm about to get, but rather save several images to it - you guys convinced me that imaging is the way to go. To that end I started last night to create an image, store it on my existing HDD, and then copy it with my burning software to CD's - a strategy that I've read many on this board use (well, those that choose to put images on CD - and for me that is only a temporary procedure until I get my new external HDD - but as I just said, I'd better do this now rather than regret not having done it while I still have a disk to image). Anyway, I started this process, but I've gotten befuddled again when I was almost through with it. I selected to make a "backup archive" ("image", to me) of my entire disk (all four partitions - see attachment #1 below, and as you can see I have almost 7GB of free space total, spread out over all 4 partitions), and I got as far as the "Backup creation options", chose "Archive Splitting" and then "Fixed size . . .", but that's where I stopped dead in my tracks (see attachment #2 below) because I wasn't sure this would spread out my image archive file over all the free space on my four partitions and I didn't want to go forward to "Proceed" if this would wipe out my system partition. Actually, I hit several "speed bumps" on my way to that "Backup creation options" window. The first bump I hit was the "Backup Archive Location" window. I initially selected "My Computer" as the location, thinking that this would "automagically" distribute my image archive evenly over the free space on my four partitions (a bit of foolish intuitive thinking on my part). That selection produced a warning that said "You cannot create files in the folder 'My Computer'. Please choose another location." (See attachment #3 below). So now I chose my C partition (OS), and got the message that the backup partition and the "selected archive file location" were the same, and warning me that TI "highly recommended" that I copy the archive to another partition (see attachment #4 below). But then I thought that any other partition selected as the archive location would produce the same warning anyway, so I clicked on the "Yes" button. And then about two windows later is when I got to the "Backup creation options"/"Archive Splitting" and then "Fixed size . . ." window, and stopped. So what am I missing here I tried to use GroverH's excellent Guide, but it doesn't address making an image to a partitioned HDD that is (at the moment anyway) your/my ONLY HDD. I want to make an image NOW!!! If worse comes to worse, I may end up going the tedious direct to CD route just to get an image saved RIGHT NOW!!! Somebody 'splain how I can avoid this and copy to my already partitioned HDD and then burn to CD's. Hey . . . wait a minute . . . wait a minute (wondering out loud here), it now occurs to me that maybe this "Fixed size" thing doesn't even apply to my situation (screen shot changed to reflect that). The "Fixed size" stuff only appears to be for removable media, not a fixed HD. But then that "Automatic" option seems like it's only for removable media too. So what do I choose? Geezzz, I just can't seem to get my arms around this TI stuff. Been struggling with it for two weeks now. Back a decade ago, I mastered SAP at work, and even though it had a Windoze GUI, it was anything BUT intuitive. Now if I ever master this TI stuff, I'll look on SAP as child's play. Which brings me to my final point. You guys, including DwnNdrty, Mark, GroverH, xPilot, and others, have been VERY patient with all my "confusion". If I were my "student", I would have lost patience with me after about the second post, taken the computer away from me, and said, "You are condemned to doing sums with a stubby pencil for eternity!" For some reason, I'm just not getting this. Maybe it's because I have made excess partitions, and maybe it's also because I have yet to get an external HDD. Whatever it is, I'm very embarrassed by my apparent dense behavior. Thanks for being so patient to this dunce!!