You can ignore all this and read the last sentence for a quick summary. I've sold my old Macbook Pro and my new one's coming later in the week. This is the first time I have done a Mac backup/transfer, so I wanted to see if anyone with prior experience had any backup hints before I posted this notebook to the buyer. I have a separate external hard drive, and at the moment I have just used 'Disk Utility' to restore my Leopard partition to it, making a 1:1 copy. However, I just realised that it may not be properly compatible with my new MBP version with a different HD size and different internal components. So I want to start from scratch with the OS on the new MBP. It might also be a bit unclean and dodgy otherwise. I might be way off here, but I am a converted Windows user, so I am attached to old habits of re-formatting my computer every 6 months or so for a refreshed start. All I want to do is backup my files, settings and applications to my disk. I would use the migration wizard included with Leopard, except you can't transfer the data to a hard drive. Anyone have any hints on the best way to get my MBP backed up?