Need for proper imaging technique thread!

Be it here or under Feedback/Comments…! What needs to be listed, e.g. it has pretty much been established that a raw or all sectors image must be taken: Product used, whether the image was made with CMT installed or not, if the PC needs booted from the products boot disc before making the image and of course, how you proceeded with the image restoration. There are probably other important details you can add. This would be of great service and end a whole lot of speculation! Thank You!
edit: and relative to the restore, how did you bypass CTM booting first? Did the boot CD automatically change the boot order? Did you enter the BIOS buy tapping the appropriate key and then manually change it, etc.?