Please note that it is impossible to do a full consistent backup ofI use the scheduler built into Acronis True Image to make a full
backup every other week, with a second task that makes a full backup
every week in between the first task. The result is that I get a new
full backup every week. I have to automate it or it won't get done.
a Windows system while it is running.
It is theoretically possible to do a backup of the exact state of the
disk, but the data on the disk is not guaranteed to be in a consistent
state, or even a state that can be booted from.
In the past I have tried older versions of several commercial
products, including those mentioned in this group
(alt.windows7.general) and alt.backup-software, but none of
them even managed to do even a backup of the state of the
disk either at the start of the end of the backup. Perhaps the
current version of one or more of the products can now make a
copy of the current state of the disk, but, as mentioned above, this
may not be consistent or even bootable.