I completely agree with both of you. EWF seems to me too dangerous. How about the FlashPoint? Is it worth trying? Some speeding up would be nice, but the data reliability is the highest priority, you know.
Since we are
talking about the Acer Aspire One, then I have experienced no data loss at all no matter how I've turned the machine off, or not commited changes, etc, etc.
For the simple reason is that I use the System Expansion SD card slot on the left for all my data, (there's a 4GB or 8GB SD card in there all the time). That card is where 'My Documents' resides, where files are downloaded to, etc, etc.
EWF is only enforced on C:\ where the system and any programs are, portable or installed. The programs and system are set up the way I want so I don't care if the system is turned off incorrectly - the only data lost is whatever the browser may have cached and other junk which isn't necessary for the running of the system. The system boots in the same state it was the last time it was turned on, and the time before that, ad infinitum.
Unless I have committed changes to it - and that only happens when there's a new program install or I've changed settings in a program that I want to keep.
EWF is not dangerous providing you use it as it was intended.
I also use it as a cheap
form of virus protection since any changes a virus makes to the system drive can be removed by just turning it off, (providing you haven't committed changes).
If, however, you are not prepared to use a separate means of saving your data, whether the SD card or dividing the SSD into two partitions and keeping your data on the second, (which you should do anyway), then yes, EWF is not for you.
In that case you could use FBWF with it's ability to specify some directories on the drive as writable even though the rest of the disk isn't.