Posted 03 February 2009 - 06:22 PM
After you make your recovery disks another good idea, if you have or can afford an external USB drive, is to use an image backup program. I bought Paragon Drive Backup Personal for $39. Since then I bought a PC running 64 bit Vista. So I figured I'd try the free Express edition. It seems to work as well as the $39 without the folder exclusion and files only backup options. But for just protecting your OS you can't beat it for free.
I've restored with these backups, like after trying W7 beta, then laying my partitions back on from the image, and they do work.
The advantage is all your installed programs and settings will be restored to how they were at the time you backed up the image. So you don't have to go back to factory condition square one.
"I don't want to belong to any club that would have me as a member."
- Groucho Marx