Runtime Software's DriveImage XML however is extremely cool! Free for personal use. "Hot Image" backups of drives that are in use, and other really cool stuff:
DriveImage XML is an easy to use and reliable program for imaging and backing up partitions and logical drives.You can create a boot CD to run DriveImage (not officially supported--but there is a video available to show you how).
The program allows you to:
Image creation uses Microsoft's Volume Shadow Services (VSS), allowing you to create safe "hot images" even from drives currently in use.
- Backup logical drives and partitions to image files
- Browse these images, view and extract files
- Restore these images to the same or a different drive
- Copy directly from drive to drive
- Schedule automatic backups with your Task Scheduler
Images are stored in XML files, allowing you to process them with 3rd party tools. Never again be stuck with a useless backup!
Restore images to drives without having to reboot...
There is no support for the Personal Edition, but there is a quick YouTube How-To video that will get you started using the application in no time.
I have already backed up my Windows XP partition with this amazing software, what are you waiting for? :-)