I am using the latest version 9.0 build 2,337 as a clean install in Windows XP Pro and am getting multiple "failed to read from the sector errors" when I start True Image and it analyzes my FireWire-attached, Maxtor Personal Storage 5000 drive. (160GB, dual interface - 1394 & USB) Even though no other data or software have ever had any issue with the drive I tried: -- different 1394 cable -- running chkdsk with /f /v switches (no errors) -- full sector scan - no errors or bad blocks -- re-install of Acronis -- complete format of the Maxtor (not quick format) -- banging head on wall in frustration that imaging software is STILL a battle to use with common, widely-used external drives. None of this resolved the problem. I changed to the USB interface and it worked with no errors or problems. True Image scanned the partition quickly and made the Maxtor available for the backup without any complaints. Note that this is on the same partition (after reformat) that True Image failed on FireWire. In device manager the Maxtor is set to "Optimize for quick removal" for USB and "Optimize for performance" on FireWire. Maybe that's a clue - I am not changing what works finally to test it. It's a shame Acronis can't solve this because I'm even hearing tech shows on TV and radio complain they have widely had this issue when testing or using True Image.