Did you think that you needed to drop a few bucks to get Norton Ghost? No, it can be free. And legal, too. If you go and get one of the software programs that can do the same service for nothing, zip, silch, naught.
I would recommend the following:
- DriveImage XML is probably the most famous of these programs. It’s free for personal use, quite old, but still kicking and able to do not only images, but also scheduled backups. However, the interface is among the simplest ones. My own personal recommendation.
However, some people would also think about other similar tools:
- For a straight-up, drive-to-drive clone, you can use Runtime’s Shadow Copy (completely free)
- XXClone runs in Windows, is free for personal use and -while being very simple- does copies of your disk (even makes it bootable, if needed).
Once again, there is no need to buy expensive software or to go to Pirate Bay to get a hacked/pirated copy. Just use the right tool for the right price. Norton Ghost is good enough, DriveImage XML is much better.