Been following the threads on USB backups with interest.\n\nMy own cunning plan was as follows but it doesn't work and wondered if anyone had any ideas exactly why not...\n\nOn a Windows PC from within Acronis True Image make a bootable disk on a USB key.\n\nMake the AAO boot from that key into Acronis. That bit worked.\n\nPlug in another USB key onto which to make the drive image.\n\nSo we've got a boot key and somewhere to copy the AAO disk image onto.\n\nCreate Image in Acronis. At this point it pops up something like can't find any hard drives. Huh?\n\nAnyone got any ideas? I've used Acronis to restore Windows onto new disks etc and it struck me I don't see why I couldn't do the same with the AAO, hence cunning plan. My understanding - though it might be wrong - is the boot key is OS independent since it sits in RAM and serves to just let you execute some commands outside an OS so it shouldn't matter I made it on Windows to run on a Linux box. And since it ran OK up until that point I think this is right.