Further to my experience with a failing hard-drive (ibook SMART STATUS: failing http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=200944) I'm going to get it replaced with a new one, the upside being that I can double the size without too much extra cost. My burning question is whether I can keep all my apps (I've already backup all my docs, music etc.). I've been told to use Clone X to copy everything on the drive to an external firewire drive. Will this let me keep the apps? Are they protected from this? Any advice greatly apprenticed.