I'm a complete novice on this type of software. After finding a dead HD and having to start completely over, I need a way to recover in the future. I can't find any highly recommended free programs, so I need to purchase a reliable solution. Money IS an important consideration, but I do want to purchase something that will do what I want. I need a program that will simply take snapshots of my system and provide recovery options. I have been looking at Paragon Drive Backup 9 and Acronis True Image 11. First question is do they both meet my requirements? And second, without getting to which is "better", is there really a $10 difference in these programs? In other words, does TI provide more options than Paragon? Any suggestions and/or help will be appreciated. See my sig for my current set-up.