I recently obtained an net admin job where the old worker used a mac pro desktop to have the feel of linux while being able to run VM's galore with vm fusion. I have never worked with a mac in my life. I have built a handfull of custom PC's (linux/windows) but never worked with a mac. The old user set me up an account however the boot drive has errors up the wazoo and needs to be restored with a backup. Problem is no backups were ever made so i want to clean install and start from scratch so i know the system inside and out. It currently has a 640gb Hitachi as the Mac HD that it boots from and has all the users on. It also has a 1tb drive in Bay 2 for files. (both are completely full) My plan will be using SuperDuper! to copy the 640gb drive to an external 1tb drive so i dont lose any of the files i have/need from the old user. My questions are: 1) Can i install OSX 10.6.3 (Snow Leopard) to a 40gb sata drive i have laying around and use it as the boot drive/users only, and put data/programs on the other 2 drives? 2) If i SuperDuper! the boot drive will the external act like any other external and allow me to cut and past the files back to the 640gb drive for storage? 3) How would i then connect the files on the 640gb to the user on the 40gb drive? 4) will the files on Bay2 1tb Drive still be accessible with a clean install once its connected back to the system? 5) anything else i should know? I have built a machine where i have the windows os on a SSD and the data/programs on sata 1tb drives and everything is connected to the account however i know mac and windows are completely different and need help.