stick with me, but i think i feel a rambling coming on. i was thinking about getting an iPod for christmas, however i became disinterested once i discovered that no one had come up with a way to record quality stereo with it, only mono voice memos. whopideedoo. but now i'm thinking a more useful and slightly more affordable alternative might be to upgrade my stock 4200 RPM 40Gb powerbook hard drive to one of those hitachi travelstar 60Gb 7200 RPM laptop drives. half the price of an iPod. (sorry apple. the iPod seems little more than a mere fad to me right now). but i'm wondering what would be the best strategy for installing and using this drive. i definitely want to keep my applecare warrantee, i've gotten good use out of that (replaced RAM, 3 logic boards, display, hard drive, pretty much everything but the case). so i'll probably head over to the nearby apple store and have them stick it in for me. which leads me to my first question: 1) should i partition my drive, and how so? i've heard of these many gigabytes go to the OS these many to applications these many for data, and other similar variations of two or three partitions. but i'm definitely open to any recommendations you have here, on size and number and function of partitions and whatnot. if this has any impact, i'm into digital audio recording, although i will probably record sound data to an external drive at some point in the future. another issue would be how i would transfer my data over to the new drive. i would probably buy an enclosure for the old drive and use it for backup purposes, but with added partitions and all on the new drive i'm not sure just making a mirror image would work. so i'm thinking possibly i reinstall panther from disc to the OS partition should i choose to make one (if i make partitions that would be the most likely), then reinstall all my applications again from disc, then mount the old drive in it's enclosure and transfer my home directory via firewire. which leads to my second question: 2) would that be a good way to do it? would there actually be any advantage to reinstalling my apps from disc over transferring them from the old drive like i would my home directory, or would i just be wasting my time? any comments or recommendations would be greatly appreciated. thanks.