Are you restarting your machine with your restore disk 1 in the optical drive, immediately holding down the c key, and choosing your restore disk 1 as the startup disk and running Disk Utility from it?
Yes... this would be a bootable clone backup which can be performed by an application like SuperDuper! or Carbon Copy Cloner. To create a bootable clone, you will need an external hard drive.Would it be possible to make an image of my disk, format it, then put the image back on ?
Thanks for the tips, I'll make an image, wipe the drive, reformat and install, hopefully that should do it.