I sometimes get customers with hard drives that are dying and need to be cloned before they croak completely. I plug the old drive and a new one into an old computer I have, boot from a floppy, run the DOS version of Ghost with force cloning turned on. (I use the DOS version because the Windows one is a typical Symantec-ruined product and its always worked.) It might take overnight on a drive with a lot of bad sectors, but the result is a bootable drive and the customer usually never misses the handful of truly unreadable files that couldn't be copied. And since its a clone, it looks and feels just like the original to the customer. They're happy because their computer is fixed without having to reload everything the long way. Yesterday I got the drive from hell. I'm sure only a few files were unreadable but damn, Ghost would just sit at the same file fucking forever. I'm talking hours. So I'd access the drive, delete the file, and try again, only for Ghost to find another file to stall at for hours. I downloaded Acronis True Image trial and gave it a shot. I installed it on the Windows 2000 boot drive of the old machine I use for cloning, hooked up the old drive with the data and a new blank drive. Acronis cloned it without any complaints. Wow. I installed the new drive in the customer's computer and it fired right up. I'd been meaning to try Acronis for a while and this was a good opportunity. I'll definitely be buying a copy.