Could anyone help. I have tried using the 'Create Image from Folder' as well as 'Create Image from Device' in Disk Utility to make a backup of my user folder which has a physical hard drive to itself, and it always fails at the same place. It does the backup, finishes it completely, yet when the blue bar reaches 100% it switches to the rolling blue and white bar, and then stays there and doesn't move from there (and i've left it for a day to see if it finishes but it doesn't). I've tried compressed, uncompressed read only, read/write and it always fails at that place. I thought ok, maybe it's Disk Utility, so have tried Carbon Copy Cloner or whatever it's called, and it fails in exactly the same place in exactly the same way. I've tried a USB2 Backup Drive and a FW800 backup drive, again it fails in the same place. Anyone have any ideas why this could be? The User Folder is 420gb in size. I'm on a new mac pro with 10.5.2. I don't really want to keep trying this because it takes so long, and i'm probably slowly killing my hard drive what with all this data transfer! All to try and prevent data loss. The irony! P.S - when i say it fails, it doesn't give an error of any kind, just carries on and on and doesn't stop. Thanks in advance.