I wasn't sure where to stick this article. I wanted to automate a back and restore feature. I liked the idea of the dell secret partition so i did something similar also its easy to complicate things more than necessary when it comes to boot management. I seen people struggling getting there head around booting so i hope this helps. This is what i have done. Your drive boots up and you have 2 menu options from boot.ini one loads your o/s the other option loads up a ghost menu enabling you to backup(including check image integrity) and restore images of your o/s usually xp from a logical 3rd partition which can be hidden(or not hidden if you want to store extra stuff) and so in effect you loading dos from boot.ini all from the hard drive. To do this I created a small fat 16 partiton before C: So whether its ghost booting up or your XP it still be C: It even takes the hassle out of looking for any bootcd as it runs entirely from hard drive running from boot.ini. You might think this is nothing new, Correct. Its some ideas brought all together and automated, say you at someones house and you want to put a quick backup and restore in place. when they want to restore there partition theres no need for searching for a boot cd to restore. so it less of a hassle to backup and so faster. so its good customers, family and for lazy people. The good thing it dont need no 3rd party boot manager which others said you need. No, it wont touch the mbr which can be a good thing if you doing it on others pcs. I tried trueimage 10 and it doesnt work still i believe with the 965 chipset so this is how this all came about and got me thinking. I also managed to find a dos cd-rom driver to work with the 965 chipset which is included in the bootdisk. I made a bootdisk with all the necessary files to automate it. The only part i havent managed to do yet is automate creating the 50mb partition because to do that your C: ntfs drive has to be resized. I know some use partition software can use a script but everybody hard drive is different size so dont think it would work. I am interested in a freeware solution. so if you can help me out that be great.I know of partition resizer thats free but dosen't resize ntfs only moves. Basically i done the ground work for this to be improved. Once in place it can be customized and extra utils like partition magic can be run from the menu or whatever you want on the dos partition. Another benefit is its easier to fix your partitions having FAT as the first partition. Basically i done the ground work. Info about the bootdisk It all fits on a floppy boot disk due to using mbrwizd instead of gdisk(1.12mb). Okay lets start. You need to make another 2 partitions from your existing C: partition so you have 3 partitions in all. First make a 50mb Primary FAT partition (this is where ghost is kept) have it before the first partition on the drive that holds your current C: partition. name it FAT if you like. then create a logical partition(this is where the ghost images are kept) from your existing C: drive, so you can call it BACKUP or IMAGES. Decide on the size from your requirements. The ghost is auto set to high compression so that be half of the data approx. eg. 10gb data will take up 5gb approx. I used partition magic. You then make a logical drive You might have to do this from a boot cd as it probably say its in use. The fact remains that you wont see them as continous driver letters C: D: E: but as in this case E: C: I: especially if you have multiple drives. It doesnt matter the drives are still partition 1 2 and 3 in that order and ghost treats them like that and not as drive letters. The I: drive will become hidden after the installation. Whatever is the 3rd partition is hidden. Don't make it active yet. The bootdisk will do that in dos. You can restore your original C: drive back to the boot drive at any time by running mbrwizd and making your original C: drive active again. Now im assuming your original boot.ini file is like below, if not then update the boot.ini in the dos folder with yours. also im assuming your NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM are the same which they may not or might even get updated in the future so it best you compare the versions and turn off the attrib -s -h -r and update the ones in the dos folder. The attrib +s +h +r will be turned on again when they get copied to the FAT partition. The versions are the latest after all sp2 updates at this time of post. NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM are seperate copies on the FAT drive. You still have your original files untouched. If you run a upto date xp as of now then you don't need to do nothing. [boot loader] timeout=30 default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS [operating systems] multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect Now ghost wont fit on the bootdisk so it good you make a bootable usb or cd using this floppy bootdisk image as the boot part and fill up with the cd with lots of utilites that you can set the boot batch file to copy over to the FAT partition. I set it to copy ghost if it there. so copy at least ghost to it. You wont need this cd again as all ghost and utilites are now on the FAT partition. You just use it to setup first time. So once the bootdisk finished you end up with the following files on the FAT partition which is now C: (Your original XP is still C: also, the drive letters are just swapped around whichever one you use) which boots up and loads another boot.ini with 2 choices 1 for your o/s that your other drive or dos which takes you to the Ghost menu. IO.SYS MSDOS.SYS COMMAND.COM BOOTSECT.622 BOOT.INI CONFIG.SYS AUTOEXEC.BAT NTDETECT.COM NTLDR GHOST.EXE GDISK.EXE In the ghost menu we have these options Restore Windows 1st Install Backup Windows 1st Install Check intergrity of 1st Install Restore Windows 1st Install + Software + Drivers Backup Windows 1st Install + Software + Drivers Check intergrity of 1st Install + Software + Drivers Restore Windows Later Stable Backup Windows Later Stable Check intergrity of Later Stable The ghost backup,check image and restore commands are already setup and when a backup is created its then checked for errors. You don't hide the FAT drive(which isnt a bad thing because you can alter the bootup easily in windows) The backup image drive gets hidden automatically which is the whole point so they don't get deleted and not seen in windows. To make your iso which includes sata support. It has to be on cd if you going to put ghost and gdisk on the cd to fit. It could run from floppy if you are willing to copy gdisk and ghost manually to the new c: drive after the install of the boot disk. To use in ultraiso select Bootable and select Load Boot File and select the boot.ima It should change to Bootable on yellow box if done right. the main browsers should be empty. Drag your copy gdisk.exe and ghost.exe into the main top right box. Now goto File and click save the iso. Now goto Tools and select Burn Image and Burn. If you in the FAT partition then on a security point its still good because you still can't access the ntfs partition.