In another thread, a poster asked whether a particular backup should take more than 24 hours. It would be useful if Acronis stated the best way to speed up things. Obviously, a faster drive/controller will help, as will more memory and a faster processer. What about defragmentation of the source and destination drives? Does this impact differently for a "files and folders" backup than for a drives backup? I would guess that defragmentation of the source drives would have to help for a "files and folders" backup. Does defragmentation help for a drives backup? In this case, TI might just be plopping the sectors onto the drive, after compression. Defragmentation of the destination drive would help if done BEFORE a backup. Acronis, any poop you can correct/add?