Hardware: HP StorageWorks DAT72 USB External Tape Drive Software: Acronis True Image 9.1 for Windows Servers (w/ Universal Restore) build 3920 I am writing this post to formally request that Acronis re-examine its tape drive routines for the backup procedures. While I understand that 'disk-imaging' is ideally done on a disk-to-disk level, the viability of Acronis to function on a tape drive is desperately needed. I began this restore job at 9:32 PM on June 21st, 2007 and as of 10:03 PM June 22nd, 2007 the job is at 39% completion status. It took nearly 12 hours for Acronis to successfully read the tape archive. Before I could even click on "Proceed" nearly 13 hours had passed. The size of the backup tape is roughly 60GB of data (which most of the data is empty space on the partition). The process of re-sizing the partitions warned me that it would be MUCH slower. I fail to see how this process could be ANY slower. The drive is connected and operating at USB2.0 as verified by my system and the tape diagnostics. The computer is a brand new 2.66 Core 2 Duo machine with 2 GB of RAM. The disk drives are Sata-II compliant (in AHCI mode on the motherboard) and are not the problem. Could anyone from the community or Acronis confirm that the process of restoring data requires the backup software to "catalogue" or somehow do an intensive read process before beginning? This has taken way too much time and is in desperate need of a complete re-write how data is stored on the tape.