Was looking for a HHD Backup / Restore image program online and came across (link below) Macrium Reflect Software.
Decided to try the FREE addition (link below) and never turned back. There is no doubt, IMO, that this is indeed one great backup / restore program for the hard drive and also to add, it does cloning and so much more.
Had to resort to reading their guide (link below) to fully understand the many features offered and there are many.
Note: For my backups, I use a External Seagate Expansion 2TB SuperSpeed USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop Hard Drive STEB2000100 which I just purchased some time ago: (got tired doing System Image backups with DVD's)
From the Authors:
About Macrium Software - Our Story
Here at Macrium Software, we design solutions to protect the most valuable asset in the world - your data. We’re dedicated to creating dependable software, providing quality service, and maintaining superior relationships with our customers and partners. We love what we do and we take pride in our success.
About us From the very beginning, Macrium was designed to be better. As a developer, CEO Nick Sills knew the importance of backing up his computers, and trusted one of our competitor’s most popular solutions would keep his data secure. But when a vital backup was unable to be restored, he said to himself, “This can’t happen again, and I can create a better solution.”
15 Years later
The suite of Macrium products is known for being one of the most reliable, scalable, and dependable in the industry. Millions of people across the world rely on us to keep their valuable data safe and accessible, and our easy-to-use solutions can be found in homes, small businesses, public sector networks, multinational companies, and more.