I've been using PGP virtual containers but after having one go corrupt I've lost faith in PGP plus their customer service sucks. So I've been looking at TrueCrypt but think I will head for DriveCrypt Plus because it at least appears to have high usability (plus cost though). Question is how do I go about backing up a laptop with all the partitions including OS (Windows XP) encrypted? More and more clients are demanding that whole drives are encrypted so this should not be an abnormal situation for True Image to deal with. Here is my guess - if backing up using True Image in Windows, since all files are open, it will backup a non-encrypted copy? But if you boot using the True Image CD, it will do a sector by sector copy (and you must ensure no compression?)? On the restore front who knows? If it was a sector by sector copy and the restore is to a different machine, I have no idea what Acronis would do nor DriveCrypt. If it is to the same machine I expect it to work. The problem is if the machine is stolen/lost/damaged and another is acquired, you want to be sure you can get the data back out.