Back up files and configurations

Hello Geniuses:
     I have an old Sony Laptop need to be rebuild. Before I do anything to do, I will need to Backup all files and configurations. I mean all files and configurations. What is the best way to do this?
Thanks a lot!
changjiaAsked:
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PUNKYCommented:
Image the drive is best and easy way. Do you have any cloning software?
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changjiaAuthor Commented:
Nope, Is there a Freeware ? Or Is there any utility in XP professional I can use? Thanks
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PUNKYCommented:
Click open My Computer, then right click on C or D drive that you wanted backup, select properties, and click on Tool tab. You should see the BACKUP option there.
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nobusCommented:
is it XP? the backup function is available under start>all programs>ACCESSORIES> system tools>backup
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nobusCommented:
you can also use xxcopy : www.xxcopy.com/ 
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changjiaAuthor Commented:
Hi Nobus:
     I think XXcopy is what my boss uses. But its kind of complicated to backup the drive. I wonder how good the windows backup works..
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nobusCommented:
personally, i do not use any of them.
i make an image as backup + a complete file copy backup
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