I've been googling around and I've found several backup programs for Mac like Carbon Copy, SuperDuper and ChronoSync. They all seem to offer the option to create bootable backups but that's not what I want because I don't want to devote my entire external 1TB drive to this.
I'm a seasoned windows user but I recently moved to Mac. I'm looking for a program that can run from a DVD (like Acronis True Image for Windows). That way my backups are just files in my drive and I can restore them whenever I want using the bootable program.
Also, if you know a better way to accomplish what I want please share it.