haha, i run into your post again, formfactor.
people just don't realize how awesome bartpe is for what it provides:
1. a boot environment/os that allows access to all of your connected drives (raw format) - large or small
2. no open files.
3. with the "right" plugin, you can make backups and restore with no OS (xp, os x, linux) getting in the way
i use driveimage xml plugin for winxp, and selfimage plugin (for os x) for "pure" image of the ssd
because driveimage xml cannot backup os x partitions.
since i haven't tested my selfimage backup, yet, i recommend the ghost plugin for backing up os x. selfimage is freeware. driveimage xml is free for private use. bartpe is volunteer donation via paypal.