I have a Mac (running Mountain Lion) and a Windows 8 computer. I use Time Machine for my Mac, which has saved me a few times when my HD dies, by allowing me to simply restore my entire computer and making it bootable. And the backup is always at MOST an hour old!
How can I do the same thing in Windows? That is, create an automatic, scheduled backup (once a day is fine), which is a backup of the ENTIRE Windows drive (so, including the C:\Windows\ directory, importantly), which I can restore immediately whenever my Windows HD dies?
I've done some research on this in the past, and have never came up with a satisfactory solution. Everything that has been suggested always seems to have some strange problems or quirks with them. Most importantly, I haven't seen a solution that creates a bootable backup that I can easily restore whenever necessary.