Currently Being ModeratedJan 19, 2014 6:48 AM (in response to ediefromva)
Get an external hard drive at least the size of your existing drive and clone your entire system using
Or Carbon Copy Cloner http://www.bombich.com
When you get your Mac back with a new hard drive just connect your external drive and reverse the process. When you're all done you'll have an external drive to use as a Time Machine backup drive to protect your files.