Not talking about the free stuff. I am going to grab one of these two products for a family member. I am curious about what feedback this thread may generate. PLEASE don't suggest anything other than either Acronis or Macrium Standard Edition. I have used tons of different programs and it has come down to these two in the final analysis for me. Both will do the trick. To be fair even the "freebies" would do the trick (password excluded). We are going to backup an unencrypted system disk and a few other normal windows data partitions. There is no need for sector to sector cloning. The backup image goes straight to an external drive. It is imperative that the image is AES encrypted, which both products do. I know that Macrium allows a 45 digit password, but I don't know how many characters Acronis 2012 allows. Anyone using ATI2012 that could tell me that? I do have an "upgrade" option available since he has an older Acronis product. That drops the price alot. Wonder if Macrium would match their offer? Anyway, you guys are good around here. I would appreciate comparisons between the two from YOUR perspective.