You can boot with an Aconis disk and use it the same way you do with Ghost. I have been using it for over a year now and I think it is faster and more polished than Ghost.
I also used Ghost for many years but it would not work when I upgraded my MB and CPU (P55 chipset) last year. I am pretty sure that the selection of AHCI for the hard disks was the reason. Acronis 2010 was the oldest version that would detect the drives. The free Acronis 2009 version on Western Digital's site would not.