For those of you who dislike/don't use an Acronis product, what DO you use.
Another contender is driveimage XML , which is novel in that it is possible to dive into a stored image and retrieve specific files.
I got hooked on DIXML when I started using UBCD4Win. One really
nice feature is you can run it in Windows as a portable app to explore an image.
Year and a half ago switched over to Macrium Reflect Free (free for home use). Don't know how the paid pro versions compare with other software in features and price, but the free version is wonderful.
Never had an issue with image/data corruption.
You can mount and explore images, as described above. Is this an unusual feature? I've never used anything except these two programs. You assign a drive letter to the image when mounting it, and it's then listed in 'My Computer' and available for browsing. Naturally, the 'drive' is
read-only, so if I am needing to pull license keys or whatever it's necessary to copy the system32 folder to the desktop or wherever and then work from that. But no big deal.
There is the option of burning the rescue disc, which is a Linux based .iso, or creating a BartPE plugin if the .iso doesn't play nice with the hardware. I've never had a problem though.
There are many other features I like, but don't want to go on and on.
One last one is Macrium offers a free tool that can convert an image into VHD files.
Check out the following article concerning ImgToVhd. http://kb.macrium.com/KnowledgebaseArticle50005.aspx