I can think of a few ways to handle this, but was hoping people could chime in on best practices. Pretty standard situation: Just about a new macbook pro. Would like to create a clone image on an external hard drive to be able to immediately restore if necessary. (similar to Ghost). I have a 1.5TB external USB2 drive, formatted NTFS as one giant partition. Of this, I've filled only around 100gb or so. I've been reading through CCC's FAQ, but still have a few questions: (1) CCC states that it requires an HFS partition to backup to. However, it looks like there is also a backup to disk image option. Does that also require HFS? Or could I simply write a CCC disk image to an NTFS partition? (2) If I can not write to NTFS, what tool is my best option to non-destructively repartition my external hard drive? (3) Any other software I should consider instead of CCC? I don't really care about having a bootable image file/etc. (4) How do you run CCC to restore that image if the computer fails? (In the past I would startup with a Ghost boot CD - not sure how CCC handles it) (5) To people who switch between PC/Mac quite a bit: Any suggestions on how to distribute the file system on the external? I'm leaning towards leaving it largely NTFS right now just out of convenience. I would like to easily be able to bring my external to work, friends' places, etc, and not deal with finding NTFS drivers for Windows. (Maybe 1tb NTFS, 500gb HFS?) Sorry for all of the questions - I am going to continue to Google around for answers, but thought someone might be able to offer some best practices first.