I run W7 Ult and yes I'm aware of defrag in scheduled tasks. All I'm saying is for easy automated maintenance I run the check disk bat it repairs issues that are not related to bad drives and if my drive does crash and die I couldn't really care because I have two other spare 80gb drives. I too have Acronis and have backup images every six months of my primary drive stored on another drive. The only files on my primary drive are the OS and applications everthing else, saved files, live tv buffer, recorded TV, video, music and pictures is on another physical drive. My computer gets alot of use and runs quite well but as we all know PCs are most vunerable to problems that are caused by a defect in the interface between the keyboard and computer chair (I know this to be very true in my case).