I guess I should explain why I need to do my backups this way: I have four harddrives in my system, all IDE, a 120gig, a 120gig, a 160gig and a 300gig. Those last two are connected by a RAID card because my motherboard does not support LBA48, its an old system. At first I got a 750GB sata drive which I plan to use with an external USB enclosure to do the backup using the Boot CD. But I forgot that my motherboard only has USB 1.0 ports, my USB 2.0 ports are provided by a PCI card, which I doubt would work with the Acronis boot CD. After multiple choices on what I could do, I decided to use a 500GB harddrive to replace my 160 and 300 (they are too far apart to connect with a single IDE cable) and replace my controller card with the Rosewill RC-212 which provides one IDE and two SATA connections: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816132009 The only thing I need to make sure of before I order all these parts and go through with this is if Acronis True Image 2009 will work with this controller card in Boot CD mode. I was originally going to use Acronis True Image 11, but then I heard about that bug where it writes corrupt data to NTFS volumes ( http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=218437 ), and all my drives are formatted NTFS, even the backup drive.