Does the Lexun Image Backup have a restore facility, such that if windows will not boot up,you can use a restore floppy/CD (such as Acronis provides)to re-install the backed up image back on to the HD so it can be fully restored, and windows will work again. The reason I ask this is because the info on this web link was not very comprehensive. Thanks David
I think that you may be asking for too much..... The "decent" backup programs are not free....
For what you want, I don't think there is a suitable program.... There is Acronis True Image 8, but you have to pay for that (but it is cheaper than Norton Ghost and, in my and others opinion, is much better)
I think that Belatucadrus's links would be your best option....
If you are looking for a complete image of your existing hard drive you could use xxcopy free from click here but it will only back up to another hard drive. I have two hard drives in may computer C: which has my O/S and all my programmes on it and D: which has all my personal files, documents, photo's etc. I use xxcopy to clone my C: drive about once every six months. I have a third hard drive which is installed as the slave, (disconnect the D: drive). When it is finished it is removed from the computer and stored. The original D: is then reconnected. If anything then goes wrong all I have to do is put the cloned hard drive in as a Master and boot up.
Apart from that all my personal stuff on the D: drive is backed up on a daily basis to CD/DVD.
I use the free cover disc (few months ago) of acronis 8 Personal, it works well. Only snag it will not save the image direct to a CD or DVD. You have to use INCD which I would not want to use, seems to cause more probs than its worth. Personal 8 uses a recovery CD or floppy boot disc, if windows will not boot - hence my question above about Lexun. Thanks David