ChickNew, Congrats! I've also been using Acronis (True Image) in very recent times... set up for incremental updates daily... haven't yet ventured into restoring the entire drive but that likely will be a next step for me... Being new with Acronis I first need to create data backups by conventional means - just to be safe.
I back up all data files daily, between two computers, not using Acronis, but using Laplink. I also back up data files to an external hard drive. I have only used Acronis for total system backups. This was my first attempt to restore a backed up system with Acronis and it works beautifully. I have, for years, used Norton Ghost for backups/restore and that has also worked wonderfully. Unfortunately, the version I own (2003) won't back up to external drives that are larger than 120 gigs (I don't know why). So....to be safe, I occasionally make two system backups...one via Acronis and the other via Ghost (the latter on a 120 gig drive, the former on a different, 500 gig drive). This type of software has saved me many frustrating, time-consuming days I would otherwise have spent reinstalling the OS, many codecs (video and audio) and more than 50 programs, each with updates and addons, as well as tweaking each of these to function and appear according to my desired specs. I highly recommend it.