I ordered a Dell XPS 17 and will be receiving it next month.
I would like to make a backup of the HDD as it is when it was delivered to me.
That way, each time I restore the image, it should be really like "NEW".
Worst Case Scenario :
Boot from the original disk, install backup software on that system, then do a backup.
The OS that comes with my new DELL is Windows 7 64bit but I am hoping that the backup software can handle any OS.
As you can see from above, I am not considering incremental backup at all and I am not backing up any user data.
It is just one time backup which I will not be using for years.
This should be achievable if I have a backup/restore software installed on my USB Flash disk which also allows me to boot from.
That software should support the latest partitions and file systems and also allow me to backup to another USB HDD(or on that Flash Disk locally).
I remember doing something like this with Ghost but then that was on Windows ME system.
I believe there is something similar and currently downloading a few candidates to try out on VMware images.
DO NOT need 3rd party back-up. Win 7 comes with a good program to do the Back-up. Just go to control panel, select back-up and it will create an image file of your C drive plus the small 100 MB partition. When done it will prompt you to create a bootable restore DVD (you can use this disk, or any Windows 7 installation disk to restore the image file. Image can be on DVDs, or a 2nd HDD.