Their is a easier way to back up your hard drive. Using Acronis (I have ver 8.0) make a cd rom boot disk. After you do that reboot your computer (may have to goto your bios and make your cd rom boot first) then choose clone disk.
Follow the guides and backup your drive C or what ever drive you want to back up. I'm running win xp pro and the whole process just takes 7mins not 2 hours!!
My drive C is NTFS, my backup computer is FAT32 and it takes 10mins to backup.
You can not backup any hard drive while still in windows, you have to be out of windows!!!
no drivers can be loaded, thats why you want to make sure that cd rom boot disk to bootup first
so you can make a full backup of the hard drive. Don't get me wrong you can backup your drive while running windows but it won't be a true backup.
I been doing this for a very long time and it has saved my a** more than once.
Whats neat about this is your backup is as old as you back it up (every 2days etc.) depends on how lazy you are. Just take the backup drive and replace it with your old drive C and it boots right up. Your only out of date as to last time you made that backup!! Hope this helps someone out.......
Drive C & D WD 250gig drives