Dear Acronis technical support, It appears that True Image (I'm using 8.859) doesn't load hi-speed USB2 drivers when running from the bootable version. It takes about 20mins to restore a small 6GB Windows XP primary bootable partition in this way. The True Image file is stored on a USB2 hi-speed portable drive (a Freecom FHD2-Pro 40GB). The motherboard supports USB2 and data transfer is fast within Windows. The thing is, earlier builds of True Image restores my image faster, e.g. 5mins. Have you now removed the USB2 hi-speed drivers from True Image? I know it needn't take 20mins to restore a 6GB partition - it didn't used to, either. Many thanks.