No version of Windows will allow you clone the drive from within Windows. Vista is no different.
Commando isn't the only program that will do this, there are others such as Norton Ghost, Acronis TrueImage and others. A list is here:
Thanks but I don't understand "...No version of Windows will allow you clone the drive from within Windows...." That won't matter (I probably wouldn't understand it anyway) IF Copy Commando 9 or the others you mentioned will copy the drive, including the programs, settings, etc., in addition to files and folders so that when, not if, the C drive fails, I can simply exchange the failed HD with the cloned HD and keep on cookin'.
All of my files and folders, and especially scripts and some 3,000 photographs, are backed up on CDs, two external HDs plus "hidden," with permission, on client's computers.
So, I guess the question now is, to be perfectly clear: if I use the right cloning program, will I be "safe" in the event of a total HD failure?