Hello all, Well, after reading up on the subject of backing up to Firewire drive at the X-lab site as well as the many informative posts in these forums, I think I'm ready to try this. My system: Macbook 10.4.8 (just did updates/firmware and so far so good), Western Digital Firewire/USB 2.0 Combo External Drive. There are two volumes currently mounted on the FWD. Format--OS Extended (journaled). Total FWD size 120G. I have everything I need off the volumes so drive is ready to be erased and formatted to GUID. Utilities at my disposal: SuperDuper, TinkerTool + TinkerTool System, good ole Disk Utility. Bought my Macbook with 100GB. Have sinced used up 50GB in files, music, movies. Ideally, I would like to have a bootable clone and backup sets. Although I have the software mentioned above, I have not fully explored the capabilities and have only been able to locate info on somewhat more complex methods of backup (triple-boot, etc), than what I am going for. What I am driving at here is: How can I most beneficially use the 120G exernal drive to give me adequate backup/restore solutions? And lastly, and perhaps more importantly, how do I use my new utilities to do all of this in a step by step fashion? On a sidenote--I am not running and do not plan to run Windows on my system. Thanks in advance everyone, I really do think there is some great info on this site, I am glad I finally found it.