Yeah, after exploring drive imaging, mceBackup, and other strategies, I concluded that the number of times my 7MC has crashed (zero) outweighs any benefit I get from such a backup. Instead, I keep meticulous instructions on how I set it up, and I replace my drives (SSD and HDD) on a schedule--instead of waiting until they crash. So far, so good. (fingers crossed) I also have a second 7MC that I can press into service if necessary.
Of course, my strategy isn't for everyone; we all have to find our own way.