Unfortunately, backups are slow. Last night, I told DriveClone to backup the entire hard drive (including the partition information) to the backup "brick." When I got up about eight hours later, it was reporting that the verification step still had an hour to go, so I had to interrupt it because I needed to get to work. I therefore figure I'll need to allow at least ten hours for a full backup-and-verify.
DriveClone claims that it can restore a complete computer system from one of those backups, which is a little different than the clones. I'm going to test that out today, by restoring the backup job to the older of the two rotating backup hard drives. I can set off the restore job when I leave for the office, and with luck it should be finished by the time I get home; I can then pop that drive into my computer and see if it restored stuff.
I should go through my restored hard drive and archive a bunch of photos and videos, and probably delete some of the video that I'm never going to get around to processing or using. It's much too easy to fill up the drive with such stuff. The problem with archiving is, of course, that you end up with the need for the material you've archived at inopportune times like, say, in the middle of a convention when you obviously don't have access to archive drives located back home.