I have set to the task of revamping my fathers PC. He uses this PC for all his work so the security and correct backup and storage of all his data is paramount. He is currently running an AMD Athlon XP 2500+ (those good old processors that we all loved so much...) 512MB of DDR333 RAM ATI Radeon 9200SE 128mb 2 hard disks: The system boot disk is 80GB and the storage disk is 250GB (Both are IDE) I selected a Gigabyte M61PME-S2 mobo: socket AM2/AM2+ with an AMD5500+ dual core processor and a GB of Corsair DDR2 twin2X RAM for the upgrade. Here is where the trouble began. I installed the new hardware with relative ease and the system posted with no problems. However, I continually got the "windows did not start properly... etc..." where is lists different options for safe modes and the "last known good config" option and the "start windows normally" option, yada yada yada. None of these options worked! and I cannot get past this screen in my attempt to boot windows. Again, I did nothing to the disks at all. After reviewing some other threads in this forum, I realized that the HAL is only configured during the initial install changing the motherboard is too much for windows to handle. I have decided to wipe the drives clean, and do a fresh install... NOW for my question: What is the best way to create a disk image within windows? or do a full backup to create a backup file?