I recently bought the external harddisk : HDD External Seagate 160GB USB 2.0 7200RPM 8MB with USB 2.0 Cable My motherboard has also USB 2.0. and the USB cable is not long (1 metre). (This is my very first experience with an external harddisk). The backup of my Partition [C:] to Seagate Backup File (.tib) took 10m05s The recovery of my Seagate Backup File (.tib = 6.29gb) to Partition [C:] took 34m18s Is it normal that a restore takes 34m18s, while an archive takes only 10m05s ? So I tried another method in two steps : 1. I copy/paste the .tib-file from my Seagate harddisk to my data partition [D:] and that took 3m34s 2. I recover the .tib-file from data partition [D:] to my system partition [C:] and that took 8m24s 3m34s + 8m24s = 11m58s, which is alot faster than 34m18s, almost 3x faster. What do you think of my experiences ?