Here is my setup: HD1 128GB SSD (OS APPS, user profile) HD2 2TB (general data, iPhoto, iTunes) HD3 2TB TM I have never had to boot from install media and do a full restore from TM. I am afraid that this will not work correctly. I do not have enough spare drives to test my theory by doing manual backups with CCC or SuperDuper. ------------- 1. How will the restore work if I boot from USB installer and choose TM recovery? 2. Would I benefit by repartitiooning HD2 into smaller chunks (one chunk holds iPhoto and iMovie)? Out of all the data I have on the computer iPhoto library is most important, period.