I am using TI 8.859 and was wondering what effects the restore process. I mainly use TI on my desktop and can create or restore an image in under 10 minutes. My desktop is a P4 550 at 3.4GHz with 1GB ram. I restore the image from a 2nd hard drive installed in my system or from a USB 2.0 external drive which takes about 3 minutes longer. I just purchased a Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop with a PM 1.5GHz processor and 512mb of memory. I have tried restoring an image from SZ, DVD, and from a second partition on the main hard drive. All of which takes about 45 minutes. Why does this take so long on the laptop compared to the desktop? The image is around 2GB under normal compression. It only took about 12 minutes to create, but restoring takes forever. What specific specs effect the time? Memory? Internal or external Drive? Processor speed? Is there a way to speed up the process? Is using the SZ a wise choice? What if the drive fails? I do make a backup DVD, but that always takes the longest amount of time. 45 minutes is way to long to restore an image. I have read through many threads with people with varying success in restoring images. It seems that Acronis has an update about every month or two. Why is it that none of the competing products update as much or take as long to restore? I am not downing Acronis, I really love their products, but it's starting to be a real pain in the butt updating all the time and still not having an all in one solution.