Surprised by your figures & time. I back up my system & programs partition on a monthly basis. The 10GB partition results in an image file of about 4Gb with default Acronis settings. Takes about 45 minutes to create & verify image. On the rare occasions I have had to restore an image the restoration takes about 5-10 minutes. Using XP Pro with SP2 2Gb of Dram, and backing up to an external USB drive. Verification of the image takes the bulk of the time in creating the image, & is longer with TI11 than with earlier versions.
My computer got in such a state that I eventually had to reformat the hard disk and then restore an image (which failed) and it said that it would take over a day (it was a 45gig image). We thought that with no windows already on the computer that the USB connected external drive was working at 1.1. rather than 2. (That may explain the time discrepany , USB 2 would be working when you made the image.) Fortunately the reformatting allowed my recovery disk to work - previously that had failed too.
Using Acronis 10 I do an automated full image backup to my ext.HD. every day. At just under 10Gb it takes under 15 minutes including verification. Recovery,including the reboot,takes about 20 minutes although this can initially show 6 hours but runs down to about 15 minutes in less than a minute.
Chase49 The USB 1.1/2.0 is an interesting thought. I had separately reformatted my C drive having initially failed to get the Acronis rescue disc to work and then reinstalled windows. I then reinstalled Acronis and did the restoration from there.
Maybe the answer is to use the Acronis secure zone facility for regular back up and make a second backup on an external drive to insure against C drive mechanical failure.
cocteau48 - My recovery started at 29 hours and ran down to 13.