Yep! Sounds good to me :approve: Couple minor points > Unless you need it read/write, may as well mount the TIB archive read only > Fromating the SATA partition won't hurt, but am pretty sure (tho not 100%) that Acronis will take care of restoring the entire image onto the partition space so i don't think is needed.. but can't hurt > just fyi... I don't how large the IDE HD is but if there's enough space you can also copy the TIB file of the pristine XP install and move it to the IDE HD (so you have a copy on separate disk media too can be convenient It's mostly for "good housekeeping" i think. Can help down the road to avoid confusion between Acronis and Windows as more drive letters get assigned/unassigned down the road for other reasons (e.g. you plug in a USB drive) I think yes and no. > If you're using a tool to extract the stuff AND that tool allows you to point it to a drive letter (i.e. the tool doesn't assume it must extract from the active partition) then you can use a tool to extract it (assuming, of course, you know a tool to extract the settings you want) You might also want to do a virus scan at point it to the drive letter Not sure what you mean by this... Or if you're referring to the Acronis Backup Application State i must admit i never tried that option. But running it and save the TIB on the IDE HD certainly can't hurt if it has the space And finally.. Glad to help. We all try to learn from each other. I hope you can get your friend's computer nice and healthy again!