Acronis trueImage is THE backup program I would recommend. I have used 8 myself and updated to version 9. It is well worth the price (pays off) if you have a lot of backing up.
I really like version 9, it is amazing how you can customise partitions to backup, etc... The custom options are great. And - what I like about version 9 is the ability to backup only selected folders and restore only selected folders or even single files - something that was not possible in version 8.
It is FAST too ! It didn't take time at all to clone my 120GB HDD into another, it works at the full speed of the HDD and controller. I was glad to see it supported my external USB enclosure, even when running from a boot CD !
Check on the website first, the what's new in Version 9 section - If you really don't need the extra features then you might as well use version 8.