Ok, so I've been running Mac OS 10.2.6 and optimization after installing a new piece of software was taking 10 to 15 minutes, and so I was going to reinstall Mac OS 10.2 on my Hard Drive. To be safe, I copied my hard drive straight to an external hard drive. I knew that Mac OS X used invisible files, so I copied the Hard Drive like a folder. I couldn't get a fresh install of Mac OS 10.2 to recognize the old users, and it will not work to try and get all of the user prefs recreated (family machine, five seperate users). I am presently running in OS 9 (ICK). So I tried copying the files all back to an erased main drive (including the mach, tmp, and var files the are all invisible in Mac OS X). Unfortunately, I realized that Mac OS 9 registers over 17,000 files as invisible. Right now, I have seperateed my old Hard Drive files into two seperate folders, one that contains the visiblr files and one that contains the invisible files. What I need to do is either come up with a way to copy all these invisible files to the root directory of my original hard drive, or get my old user files to sync up with a fresh install of Mac OS 10.2. Note: I have created a CD with the invisible files via Toast, and created a .img file of the folder that contains the invisible files, but so far no luck.