That's what I'm going to try. Thanks for the suggestions everyone!
dmclone, have you ever restored anything through Acronis? I'm pretty sure that there's nothing proprietary about the way it saves backups. One thing I didn't like about Retrospect is that it created one big lump of a backup that you needed the software to decode when you wanted to restore. That's not ideal. I want to see my files.
Luckily-I haven't needed to use it but I believe you do need the software to open the files. I'll probably get this wrong because I haven't looked at it for a couple of years but I believe you can either create a bootable cd once you're in the software.
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