I did a search on the Acronis forum and couldn't find a definitive answer... To make a long story short, I'm trying to determine what is the best way to add an eSATA port to my PC so I can connect an external drive for doing True Image 10.0 backups and restores. I have a fairly new PC (Gateway FX530XV, Intel 975x chipset). My PC has 3 internal SATA drives, all connected to the motherboard. Two of them are in a RAID 0 configuration. The 3rd drive is not part of a RAID array (this is my Vista boot drive). I actually have a 4th SATA port in the motherboard that I'm not using. However, the PC itself does not have an eSATA port accessible from outside the PC. So, I'm trying to determine what is the best way to add an eSATA port that will work well with True Image 10.0 and can be recognized by the True Image 10.0 recovery/boot CD. My Western Digital external backup drive supports 1394, USB 2.0, and eSATA. I suppose in a worst case scenario (if the Acronis boot/recovery CD doesn't recognize the external eSATA drive), I would use the 1394 interface for doing a restore from the boot CD but use the faster eSATA for daily image backups from Vista. So, my options for adding an eSATA port are as follows: 1. Can I use the 4th SATA port in my motherboard and get a kit (basically a bracket) to convert it to an eSATA connection? Not sure if Intel's internal SATA port can really support eSATA capability this way (i.e. does it have the proper voltages, can it do hot-swapping, can Acronis' boot/recovery CD recognize it, etc.). There's lots of bracket kits for this option. Anyone have success with this option, and if so, what specific make/model bracket kit is used? 2. If I buy a 3rd party eSATA card, will I have any compatibility issues with the Intel SATA/RAID built into the motherboard? Also, some eSATA controller cards also support RAID, and I'm concerned that they may have conflicts with Intel's RAID (for example, I'm thinking of possibly getting the PNY PCIe SATA II card http://www2.pny.com/PCIe-SATA-II-RAID-2-Channel-P2554C328.aspx which Best Buy sells). Can they coexist okay (note: I wouldn't use an add-in eSATA card for RAID - just for one external backup drive)? For those who purchased an eSATA card and got it work okay with True Image 10.0 (and the connected external backup drive is recognized by the True Image boot/CD), what is the make/model of the card? Any suggestions? Other threads that had a similar question ended with the last post saying to try "apci=off noapic" but there was no follow up on whether it helped or not... Thanks.