...and was wondering if there is any advice I should yield warning to before I embark on my reformating journey. I know I need to reformat to Mac OS X Extended Journal. Should I erase 7 times over? Or is that overkill? Will I still have the applications (omnioutliner, etc.) that my MBP came with or does the install disk not contain those? Anything else I should be aware of (I am a bit nervous). Also should I reformat my ext. harddrive which is 7200 rpm/fw800 (faster than internal) to boot Mac OS?