OK.... I am anal about backups...(more people should be!) and have used Norton Ghost for quite sometime with no problems.... It takes a long time though (2+ hours) I have used M$ backup program and it takes about 1/2 the time... I back up everything on my main drive to a spare harddrive... I am in XP Home (yes, there is a backup, you just have to install it off the CD) Is there something I should know about M$ backup.... why do we need to pay for all these other programs (Yes, I paid for Norton system works) if M$ backup does the same for free? Any thoughts?