|Ghost for unix (g4u) works well enough, free. |
Any linux/solaris/bsd distro would use dd or cat.
Many people use partimage.
It might be easy to use Ntbackup too.
Could get Ghost or Acronis.
"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10