I've never used CCC before, and was just wondering if someone could answer some of my questions, as I'm replacing the hard drive in my MacBook: - If I back up everything to my Time Capsule using CCC, how do I boot again? Do I boot the disk image on the new HD? - Would doing this typically affect any of the licenses for my software? Will they all still be valid? - I believe that re-installing OS X can help give it a speed boost. Is this the same for using CCC, or would I have to reinstall afterwards (and again, what's the story with licenses this way as well?) Thanks in advance! EDIT: Thanks for the info, so two questions remain: 1) When I'm backing up the bootable drive, should I be backing it up to my new (replacement) HD directly or can I move the drive from the TC to the new HD? As it's a 2.5" SATA drive, how can I connect it to my MacBook externally? 2) Does archiving & installing / clean installing OS X affect software licenses? Thanks again!