I built an external HD using a 2.5" USB 3 to SATA III external enclosure and a 60GB SSD. I actually forgot to enable the USB boost feature on my ASUS motherboard but using Paragon I imaged my 120GB SSD (between 30 and 35 used) system in less than four minutes. I didn't try a restore. I post this only to suggest such a setup if you are interested in gaining some speed. The enclosure was on sale for around $16 and 60GB SSDs are now $50 or less.