(1) Install all security updates from Microsoft.
(2) Install whatever programs you want also?
(2a) Do this http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/500797/cloning-hard-drive-to-a-used-hard-drive/#entry3104221
before imaging your C drive.
(3) Download Clonezilla Live ISO - A small bootable GNU/Linux distribution for imaging and cloning. http://clonezilla.org/clonezilla-live.php
(3a) Burn ISO to CD, or create bootable USB thumb drive. I suggest use CD if you have it?
(4) Boot with CD, and image your C drive to a 8, or 16, or 32 Mb USB thumb drive. Info. http://clonezilla.org/clonezilla-live-doc.php
Once you have the image saved on a USB thumb drive, remove it, and save it in a safe place. Label the USB thumb drive so you know which PC image it is.
If ever your hard drive completely fails, you have the image on a USB thumb drive.
Edited by Crazy Cat, 15 July 2013 - 04:26 AM.
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