Seems like a classic catch-22, but I'm open to suggestions. I read on the Acronis forum that I should go the full monte and test my backup solutions by actually restoring from them. Well, isn't that just paying today for what I'd gladly defer until Tuesday? If something goes wrong, I'll wind up having to start from scratch anyway. I'm talking about applications and app data, drivers, system here. I keep my actual data and files on separate partitions and drives anyway. So if I do lose my system partition, I'm just losing the time invested in getting my OS and programs set up and working the way I like them. But I'd love to be wrong. Is there some way to escape this catch-22?