Steve is buying a laptop, but is thinking about replacing the hard drive it with an SSD.
Leo says ideally, it's far easier to just get the SSD when he orders the computer. That way, it's already built into the box. Sometimes he can get a better deal buying the SSD piecemeal. In that case, Steve can image the drive once he gets it, pop it out, and it can become a backup for his SSD. Most hard drives will come with drive cloning software, so clone the drive and pop it in. It's always best to do it the day it comes. Steve may also want to create a set of operating system discs, his laptop OS should have that option as well. Imaging software options include EASEUS.