I make use of Linux in this case.
Image the entire drive (compressed) partitions and all under Clonezilla.
If that image is stored somewhere on some media, your house can burn down, people can break in, steal your pc.
No matter, with Clonezilla you can restore the entire drive bit by bit with absolute perfection later.
That software used to be rather tacky and half assed years ago, but has greatly improved.
Such as the bit by bit exact duplicate of the entire drive part.
In the olden days Clonezilla was little better than copying files via cut and paste. lol
It works and perfectly. I should know. I dont like Windows restore, if often doesnt restore at all. Can destroy the OS as well.
An exact image of the entire drive is way better.
The thing will even take your nice new drive of whatever.. 3T and duplicate the old drive so well that the new drive is now the same size as the old one. 2 Gig or 3T.
Other software (for free) can resize the new drive later to use full capacity. EaseUS Partition Master for example.
I have taken to use that as a utility.
I like to fake out my drive C to think that it is smaller than it really is. Saves time on the automatic defrag, keeps useful space around if I really need it or data loss problems happen.
Can resize the partition up as required in minutes of time and reliably.