I'm a sysadmin & developer with a lot of experience in performance tuning. My philosophy for defragging: make a backup of a *single* partition, reformat the partition, then do folder-by-folder restores to control exactly where I want each file to be on the disk. Since TI is SECTOR-based, the only way to do this with a TI backup is to mount the image as a virtual disk, and then use non-Acronis utilities (e.g., Windows' native Explorer) to accomplish the copying of individual folders to the re-formatted partition. Knowing what I do about low-level disk architecture, I can see no reason why this shouldn't work. But when I do this I have two problems: (1) the restored partition will boot all the way through login, but it's impossible get explorer to run -- no taskbar or desktop icons, etc. I've tried tricks using ctrl-alt-del=>Taskman, but explorer quits instantly after starting. (2) BSOD (kmode-exception-not-handled, mup.sys) during shutdown. Why shouldn't this work?