Ya, I'm not "elite". I remember how frustrating it was to try to learn something simple when I was starting with *nix and couldn't get answers besides "Look for the answer". I guess that's *nix recursive mentality "If you can't find the answer, look for it.". Hmmm....
I use the Ghost 2003 DOS client (you don't have to install it to a hard drive). I created a bootable CD with a few utilities and apps on it. I use Ghost very frequently. I actually had a post here a few days ago looking for open source imaging/cloning software that might compare.
I didn't look into Acronis though.
Also, I just read on this board more about "partimage".
Maybe look into that. I'm thinking I didn't give it enough of a chance (I also use the Knoppix 3.3 bootable disc, which has partimage).
How does Ghost work? How do you mean? If you mean how it works overall for me, then it works great. I've never had a problem with it. Everything comes out as it should. If you mean technically, then all I know is that it does a bit by bit (Raw) copy of a partition or drive.
Only problem is that it doesn't support Reiser or the other new journaling file systems. I've never tried it on them though. I usually just image ext2, ext3, FAT32, or NTFS.
It is a Norton/Symantec product.
I've never used Driveimage so I can't say much about that.
Hope it helps,