Can anyone recommend a good backup software program, I have looked at Norton Ghost Ver 15 and Acronis Trueimage 2011, these appear to be the main ones but there seems to be for and against on both packages. I have tried Windows backup and have not found it very user friendly, I am using Windows 7. Any help would be appreciated.
I have used TrueImage for a number of years and have had no problems with it but understand your concerns. I guess a few others will come on board with their experiences that may enable you to make a decision.
Macrium Reflect (So Afraid's suggestion) is supposed to be good for a free one (although they do have a paid-for edition as well). A few guides that you may find useful click here, click here & click here.
But unfortunately no backup method is fail-safe. That's why most of my backups are done via the old-fashioned copy+paste ;-). How often does that fail? G