Dell HDD backup

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I just have bought dell inspiron 6000 and on hdd
there are 3 partitions, two hidden and one with windows xp
I would like to get rid of windows and install linux instead
but still I want to keep xp just in case.
So I figured out how to make a backup on DVD disck and
and Im asking for advice whether my method is correct.
So my plan looks this way: do images of my partitions
using Norton Ghost 2003 and save it on DVDs. So when I decide to
restore those images on HDD the last thing to do will be
changing MBR by customizing MBR as Dell do by changing
partition table indicators. In my opinion this is enough to
make everything works just like when its delivered.
Or maybe there is a cutch ?
Please correct me if Im wrong.

Other option looks like this:
make only one image of partition with widows
and just retsore it when I need it without dell
restore utilities, that I think should work fine as well.
Im asking for your opinion becouse Im not familiar
with procedures like that but I have to do it becouse
Dell dont provide any CDs or DVDs with software

Thank you for your help

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