Some years ago (before switched to Mac) I have used Acronis True Image for creating/restoring full image of NTFS partitions.
Now I'm on Mac. What I want to do is somehow fully backup my bootable HFS+ partition, store an image (not obligatory an image, because if I understand correctly CCC, for example, doesn't create images) on external USB drive, then do some repartitioning on a disk and finally restore backup in one of newly created partitions.
I've noticed that it's possible to create/restore images using Disk Utility when booting from Mac OS X Install DVD. But I'm not sure about whether this tool creates full (bootable) backup or not.
Do I need to use some 3rd party software like CCC or Disk Utility is just fine?