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Backing up my hard drives, please explain best way

I have a Windows 7 machine with a SSD boot drive (120GB) and a 300GB storage drive. I also have an external USB 500GB drive that I keep in a waterproof/fireproof safe that I use to drag and drop important stuff to once a month or so.

I don't understand the best way to backup my drives. Backing up the storage drive is easy enough with just drag and drop........or is there a better way? But I'm more concerned about the SSD that has my OS and some other important stuff on it.

What I want to be able to do is make a mirror image of my SSD on my external drive, then make it so that if my SSD crashes someday, I could simply take the image stored on my external drive, copy it directly onto a new SSD, and just throw the new SSD in the computer and have everything work like it was before the crash.

What is the best way to do that, if possible?
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    You need "drive imaging" software. I can only recommend the one I use & which I've used for 5 years, and that's "Active@ Disk Image": http://disk-image.com/
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