The Best Free Disk Imaging Software - Using Macrium's Reflect Disk Imaging Software
You can download the free disk imaging software from Macrium's website. Installation is a breeze. The first step I would recommend is to create a bootable rescue CD for your OS. The software asks if you wish to create a Rescue disk the first time you run it. You can create the disk image from this prompt or later from Other Tasks menu.
When you click the Create Rescue Disk, you get a Wizard that walks you through the process of creating your rescue disk. During the process, the Wizard places a Reflect plugin into the bootable CD image file. You can later burn the image to a CD. Thus, you have a rescue disk, for either Linux or Windows, without much effort.
You may schedule or manually backup/create images. Another reason why I call it the best free disk imaging software is because it helps you take a snap at every shutdown. You have the latest disk image on a partition or a different HDD, depending on your selection. The process of imaging is fast and does not keep you waiting even if you select high compression.
In case you need to restore, insert rescue disk into the CD ROM. You get a Reflect button that helps you restore the system using a Graphical Restore Wizard. You can view videos of how Reflect VSS works on a related Italian website (Note: Use Google Toolbar's Translate option to translate the site to English).
Bottom Line: The VSS technology, simple GUI, easy features and faster process make Reflect the best free disk imaging software I've ever seen.