No, now it takes only few seconds, but validating may take a while...
Don't remove the thumb during this phase, because you may loose all your data.
4GB are certainly the upper limit (200mA thumbs are good, 500mA thumbs hangs)
SATA disks are usable with PF3.
You must have a Subway or a Highway card...
Maybe I'm the main user of ANAIIS... but I don't download it from Aminet
There are certainly about 200 people around the world using ANAIIS.