I'm trying to work out a reliable, simple, low cost backup strategy for my home pc. I'm using Win XP Pro. [ Drive #1 (74.5 GB) ] %Free #1 (Active) NTFS C: 39997 MB 25 #2 NTFS E: 39997 MB 36 [ Drive #2 (37.3 GB) ] #1 FAT32 D: 24152 MB 4 #2 NTFS F: 14001 MB 8 The two hard drives are IDE drives. What I'd like to do, is install a 250G ide drive which would be used only for backup data. Use a software application to save one mildly compressed image of each logical drive to the 250G disk. I also want to do a test restore of each image after it is saved. To do the restore, I'm thinking that I can make at least one 40G partition on the 250G disk, and restore each image into that partition for each test. For the image of the C: drive, I'd also like to test the restore by booting XP Pro from the 40G partition on the 250G drive. Is there problems with using the Image Backup application to restore an image into the 40G partition on the 250G drive, will the application insist on disregarding the 40G partition and just over write the whole 250G space, wiping out all of the other backup images ? Can TI do this ? What do others think, is this a workable strategy. Is there other strategies that better meet my original criteria, reliable, low cost, simple?