Registered: Sep 2000
It depends on a lot of things.
Since you're storing it away (making a backup onto another hard drive), it doesn't really matter when you do it, as long as you make the backup before adding hte second drive. Unless you also plan on making a CD backup.
As for the time, then, I'd suggest doing your backup/upgrades after the warranty is over (3 months, IIRC), since there are other problems that could crop up (modem, etc), and you really don't want to lose the warranty over that. For extended warranties, if you can live with your conscience, then if it breaks, remove the added drive, bring it back and say it doesn't work. But for original warranty, don't upgrade yet, if you think you'll need it.
If you're just too impatient to wait 3 months, then at least consider going through guided setup first, then backup - at least you'd have verified that the parts that can break are working, and than when you restore, you don't have to redo guided setup - just get new data + housekeeping.
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