I'm starting a new thread on this as FeverFive's situation is a little different. I hope the mods do not mind. ====================================================== Quote: Originally Posted by Chutsman Continuing the saga of "To See Or Not To See" an external usb HD. Today my boot CD (build 826) absolutely refused to see my ext. USB HD, in spite of retrying the things I tried and which worked previously. So I made a "Safe" version of the CD and "Voila!" ... the TI boot CD now sees my ext. USB HD. Now whether the image can be restored, I have not tried that yet. Menorcaman replied: Hello Chutsman, Boot from the Safe version rescue CD again and use the Check Image Wizard to verify your image on the external drive. If it checks out o.k. then there shouldn't be problem when the time comes to carry out an actual restore. Regards ==================================================== Menorcaman, thanks for your suggestion. When I tried my Safe version boot CD, which ALWAYS SEES the ext. HD, and ran the Check Image wizard, I selected my image on the HD and got this message: "Acronis would see the 160Gb Maxtor ONLY when it is connected via the USB to Pcmcia card. Acronis does NOT see the 160Gb if it is connected to the onboard USB ports." I had the HD on the onboard port. One question immediately comes to mind. If "Acronis does NOT see the 160Gb ... etc." how come it lets me select the image? Partly a rhetorical question. When I proceded with the Image Check, the next screen with the two progress bars came up. Then the first estimated time shown was 2 days (!!). Then it changed to 3 day, then to 4 day, then to 5 days. During the next 20 minutes, the estimated time flip flopped from 2 days to 4 days. I then canceled the process. So I thought, "okay, Acronis wants the HD to be on a USB to PCMCIA device. I have one of those. I'll use it." It worked! But it took about 1 hour and 25 minutes to check about a 25Gb image. Is this about right? On a whim, I decided to also try my Standard Boot CD. Remember in another thread I mentioned where my Standard Boot CD, which saw the ext HD the first time I created the CD, would not see the ext HD a few days later. This was when I decided to create the Safe boot CD as someone had suggested. Well, today the Standard boot CD SAW the ext. HD which was connected to the onboard USB ports. So I went ahead to try the Check Image wizard. I got the same message about "Acronis would see the 160Gb Maxtor ONLY when connected via the USB to PCMCIA card ... etc." as stated above, but this time when I continued with the Check Image process it saw the image, as with the Safe boot CD, and when I selected it, it started to run, unlike with the Safe boot CD! [Remember the ext HD is on the onboard usb port]. At this point I don't know what to expect when/if I actually need to use the Image restore. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed and hope one of my boot CDs will work when needed. Comments welcome.