Just offering another suggestion. :)
In all my years of IT work, I have tried maybe a dozen different
backup/recover utilities. ALL of them have had some annoying flaw or
other... except ONE!
So far, with a 1.000 batting average, I have had nothing but success with
the AOMEI Backupper Standard, which is FREE! (Their paid versions offer
some VERY nice Enterprise level features, but the free one works great for
With it, creating a beautiful backup of a running Windows system is "almost
too easy"! (It works flawlessly on XP and WIN7) and you can get older
versions, if you need to. V3.5 has been an absolute blessing!