Thank you for your post. Personally, I have purchased both Easeus Todo Backup Home and Macrium Reflect. There are free versions of both, but they lack some features, though the free versionls are still completely reliable and functional.
I alternate between both programs weekly so that I always have two sets of Drive 0 images of all partitions created by both products (four images). A new image could be infected by a "zero-day" virus that was not detected at the time of the imaging, so having one image is NOT enough.
As I told you, I am anal-retentive, so I believe in LOTS of redundancy. In my work here, and in other Forums, as well as helping folks in my small community with their computer issues, I have learned, first-hand, how important doing regular backups is! People have their lives on their computers, but just assume that a computer will never fail. It will; it is only a question of when? So many, have lost, so much, because they did not have a backup ... and that was before the explosion of ransomware!
I worked on one local woman's computer a couple of years ago, and she had almost 20,000 family photos on that computer ... and no backup! Her computer was infected and I cleaned it. Fortunately, it was not ransomware, or she might have lost it all. Also hard drives just quit or get zapped with power surges. Failing to take the time to backup your computer on a regular basis is a recipe for impending disaster, in my view.
You only have to browse the Forums here; or the computer Forums at other sites, to realize how many people have lost their irreplaceable information because of malware or computer failure.
I formerly used Acronis years ago, but they issued an update that "borked" both of my computers. Ironically, I had to restore from Acronis backups, and then I had to go and hack my registry to remove the mandatory "run" key that they had left orphaned without a corresponding driver file. That was the end of me using Acronis, although it is still a highly-regarded backup product. This is ALL just my PERSONAL opinion and experience. It does NOT reflect the views of Bleeping Computer.
As I told you in my previous post, a Windows update "borked" my computer about a month ago. It would not boot, but I could get into recovery options. The restore points would not restore, Windows could not repair whatever it was that got mangled, so I was left to boot off my Easeus Todo Backup Home recovery CD (it was the most recent image that I had) and restored my entire computer in 30 minutes to the condition it was in four days before, all 130 GB plus. I copy all of my changed data files to another drive as files are changed, so within an hour, it was if nothing had happened to my computer. I sleep well at night! I re-dowloaded the update, after a DISM command found and fixed some issues, and the Windows update went in successfully.
So, you can well understand why I stress the importance of backing up your OS and data drives on a regular basis. You need only ask yourself: "Can I afford to lose what is on my computer?"
End of sermon! Stay safe in cyberspace, Alex, and make regular backups ... in case something goes wrong. I always say that, with computers, you are ALWAYS only one click away from a potential disaster!
Have a great weekend.