I meant to say - I have a laptop with XP Home SP2 installed. I've had 10 months now and haven't backed up yet. I'm now at the stage where I'm concerned about the hassle involved if (when) something goes wrong with Windows or the hard drive.
I'm thinking of going for the above hard drive and getting Acronis True Image to take a copy of my hard drive. My aim is so that, if something goes wrong, I just format my hard drive and load up the copy from the Maxtor.
Is this a sensible strategy or are there additional considerations I should be aware of?