I use "Shadow Protect" from www.storagecraft.com ... works very, very well for me! Check out their 30 day trial version and you may be hooked. Automatically, I do a weekly drive image on Monday mornings, hourly backups during the day on every day of the rest of the week onto an attached USB drive. I can recover any version of a file up to an hour late max. The hourly backup takes less than a minutes ... usually just a few seconds. I *particular* like the ability to "mount" the backup image as a drive and then can easily use Windows File Explorer or *any* file access tool to get to the files I need - quite transparent! The only limitation I have found is that if you try to restore a complete image of a partition (due to a disk failure or something like that), the new drive partition has to be as large (or larger) than the original disk partition you backed up. Yes, there are some partition "compression" tools available in the bootable CD bootable (for the restore) to get a "smaller" image, but this only takes you down some ways - this is a natural result if the original disk is fragmented. L Z From: framescript-us...@yahoogroups.com [mailto:framescript-users at yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Rick Quatro Sent: Monday, September 28, 2009 8:35 AM To: framers at lists.frameusers.com; framers at omsys.com; framescript-users at yahoogroups.com Subject: [framescript-users] OT: Backup software Please excuse the cross-posting and the off-topic request, but I have received excellent advice from you over the years. Having just survived a hard drive meltdown, with the loss of some data, I am looking for recommendations for backup software. I normally back up my data, but it is still a pain to reinstall all of my programs and set things up after a disaster. Is there a way to make a disk image that can be used so that the OS, applications, etc. can be restored? This may be asking too much, but it would be nice to be able to restore everything, including the OS, after a hardware failure. Any advice and recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks.