After my troubles in the last post, I still wanted to do a test recovery from my usb external disk to a internal ide hard drive. Also as before, trying to do something in TI10 from within windows did not work. So I resorted to using the boot disk. After booting to the disk, I chose full so I could use my usb external hd which has the mybackup.tib on it. It stated that it could not address the usb, so I restarted and used the command "quiet acpi=off noapic". It now could see the external usb drive and I selected recovery, chose the mybackup.tib file, selected the entire disk, and pushed next. At this point nothing seemed to happen. Any keystroke or mouse click made the internal speaker of my mobo squeal. I restarted and tried again. This time after pushing "next", I got a phone call. While talking on the phone after about 5 minutes, I noticed that my usb drive was being accessed (led blinking) . I checked back 25 minutes later and it was still accessing my drive. 10 minutes later it switched to the screen to select the destination drive. I chose the internal IDE drive and then a next / delete partitions... Change priority to High etc. Finally It started restoring the backup. After about 15 minutes, it told me that there were 3 days remaining. While the urge was there to say WTF, I had read in these forums that the estimate is usually wrong. 90 minutes later, it said 2 days 23 hrs then I hit cancel. I'm really not liking this. Another clue might be whenever I click a button it seems that the screen re-draws itself slowly (about 3 seconds from top to bottom) Any help would be appreciated. specs: asus A8N-VM CSM mobo 3700+ cpu 2 gb ram 2 X 160 gb sata II hd's in raid array 1 - 320 gb ide hd interneal 1 - 320 gb ide hd in external Vantec 1 - evga 7800gt xfi platinum sound card lite on dvd burner I'm trying copying the tib file to the raid array now, then I will try to do a restore from the tib file to the ide hard drive. Assuming that I can get the computer to boot with both drives plugged in (see other post).