Hi all I have Norton Ghost 2003 which does a good job of backing up my hard drive. I backup to my 2nd hard drive, N\Ghost spans it across 7 sections, is this advisable, it seams to work ok and i can open it in Ghost Explorer if i need to restore a folder or file. I have heard that N\Ghost v9 can do this without having to reboot the computer. but I have also been told that you cannot use Norton Ghost v9 at that moment because the operating system isn't usable. You have to use the Ghost168 bootdisk if you want to do this. Does this mean you cannot make a bootdisk in N\Ghost v9, and use it when your computer crashed?. i don't understand that. If this is the case what is the point of a backup program if you cannot use it when your computer won't boot into windows. The main reason to Backup a Disk is to save the Operating System and restore it in case of a complete crash of your computer. What do you recommend is the best software for this job, and also to use the explorer option, if it's Norton Ghost which version is the best. see ya mac my computer runs WinXP-SP2, 2-200gb hard drives,AMD-3300, 1024mb ram, GeForce FX5800, and is also networked to 2 other computers.