I Like to know more about the good Cloning programs....
I am currently using Acronis, but I always have to run other programs to clean up the messes..
Like HDAT2 and Partion Majic.
You are comparing Apples with Oranges. When we discuss cloning tools on this site, we are discussing true sector by sector (forensic quality) duplication of a drive. Programs like Acronis simply copy the file system and files on the drive. In the word of data recovery and computer forensics, it is imperative that every sector possible be copied from the source drive to the destination drive. From there, any software recovery tools can be run against the destination drive without fear of a final crash or fighting with bad sectors.
Now, as to my preferences to tools:
#1 - Deepspar - With the addition of the head mapping, I almost never need DE
#2 - DE - This is now only used when I need to head map a Seagate drive, mirror a drive that needs to be manually mounted by loaders in PC3000 or a drive that is very unstable and I want to simply target specific files and folders (aka Shadow Copy)
I cannot really comment on the other tools, as I haven't had the chance to play with them.