I haven't backed up a hard disk / operating system in a long time. The Last time was back in 2003. When I first started backing up stuff, I used pkzip in dos. I was able expand a compression over multiple diskettes. All I had to do is unzip them to the hard drive and then use the sys command to put on the dos system files, reboot the machine and I was done. The first time I heard of Norton's Ghost I was in electronics class. Someone had Imaged Windows 98 to a CD. We used that to put Windows 98 on some computers. When I made my first Windows Me computer I decided to use to Norton's Ghost to Image to some CDs. On my very first try I was able to expand it onto some CDs, and Bring it back! But in 2006 I decided to try this with a Windows XP system. I had a Bart PE boot disc with some tools. If I remember right it was Windows 2003 with Norton's Ghost. I set it to Maximum Compression / Expand Image over Multiple CDs. The oddest thing happened. It burned a little narrow line into a CD, and then ask for another Disc. This went on for about a hundred discs and it took all day to do it. By the time I got done, I have nothing. It was then and there I decided never to use Norton's Ghost again.