Hello to everyone, new to this forum but not new to forums generally. I have been using Acronis products for some time now, my present products being Acronis TI 10 with updates and Disk Director 10 very recently purchased. Although I love the Acronis product line and the TI recovery has got me out of some awful catastrophes, there is one underlying theme which is driving me to distraction - i.e. speed. Let me recount the latest episode - I have a Maxtor One Touch4 750 gig external HD which I wanted to tidy up and reformat. What I did was create a partition on the Maxtor then reformat the partition (files and backups on other partition) and then click to merge partitions back into one single volume. Acronis DD did this without a hitch but the huge fly in the ointment is the transfer time. To put all my files and backups into one folder (250 gig) and merge the drives has taken 13 hours - and that's just files from one part of the drive to another. It's the same when I do a recovery - full image recovery 61 gig using Acronis Loader (Windows not available) took 17 hours I believe it has something to do with the Linux drivers? However, a search of the Internet shows this problem has been around for some time and yet Acronis never seem able to fix it. For the record my PC is 5 months old - HP with Quad Core, Nvidia graphics 6 USB ports and 500 gig WD Caviar HD with Vista HP. The only thing that does puzzle me is in Device Manager under USB then USB tree, only two of the USB ports (Intel) say "Enhanced" which I believe means USB 2.0. Should all the tree state "Enhanced"