I would like to evaluate Norton Ghost 14, ShadowProtect and Acronis before I decide, but what's the best way to test an imaging+backup program? It's only as good as the restore feature, and I don't have a spare pc to play with. Even if I did the real test would be with my main pc and its hardware and drivers. For the same reason I don't know if testing in a VM is going to be any help. I can test other stuff like speed, UI, features etc but without a rock solid recovery cd its all useless, and I've no idea how I can properly test that.