you can make an image to any drive through TI in windows because the drivers for your non IDE HD are on the HD you are running your OS on. however if your non IDE HD controller does not have its drivers built into TI you will not be able to use the rescue media to restore the image. you will see all drives and contents but any attempt to restore will fail part way through. so a question to discuss. if when loading XP for first time you press F6 to load third party drivers for eg sata raid, then where ever the drivers go temporarily [I assume into memory], XP set up is able to access them find the drive, and install itself . so why can't TI do the same thing. when you want to restore an image onto a drive that TI does not have the controller drivers for, could you not be given the option of loading your third party drivers to a place that TI can access , that is not on the partition or drive to be restored. TI could use the drivers to control the non IDE drive until restored and re-booted, when drivers already built into restored image would take over?