Yes, cloning a drive is a good idea. I would prefer to have a clone than a Windows OS install disk.
A cloned drive can simply be switched out in a matter of a few minutes or less depending on one's experience.
While better than an installation CD it will still lack in changes made to the installed drive during the time between
cloning and replacing the supposedly failed drive. Which could be one day or years.
A cloned drive can only be used on the computer it was cloned from or one that is exactly
Windows 7 makes it simple to image and do scheduled backups. The image can be used to reinstall on an installed drive
or on a new drive.
There are numerous free backup, imaging and cloning software programs that can be used with XP, Vista and 7.
Cloning requires using a drive that is the same size or larger to put the clone on. Many images and backups can be
placed on one drive.
Edited by buddy215, 12 February 2012 - 03:34 PM.