I'm new to this forum. I've been lurking for years but never posted. I wasn't sure where to post this, so I'm posting it here. I know there are a number of users of Scannerz drive testing tool on here. That company released a product named Phoenix that can create boot drives and do basic cloning. I was wondering if anyone is familiar with it and can tell me if what I need it for will work. Here's the problem: I have a 2006 iMac that I like. It's not compatible with Mountain Lion, so I'm running Lion and Snow Leopard on it. The unit has an optical DVD Super Drive in it and it's failed (again). This is the third time this has happened. I've replaced it twice myself, but DVD-RW units seem to me to be too unreliable to be trusted. Phoenix says it can extract the OS from a working volume and put it onto another volume or USB Flash drive and then be used to re-install the OS if needed. Some of their stuff says the minimum size of a volume for doing this should be 32GB. Here's a link to it for anyone interested: http://scsc-online.com/Phoenix.html Here are my questions: Does this thing really work? Do I understand it properly? Can it really create a like new installation from an existing operating system? Do you really need a 32GB volume? Any special precautions for putting it onto a USB Flash drive? What I want to do is extract my Snow Leopard volume and put it onto a USB flash drive because I obviously can't use my DVD anymore and I'm not opening that thing up yet again to replace it and have it fail after about a year. Thanks. Moderators, if this is in the wrong place or you move it to another forum, please let me know. I just couldn't think of the right place to put it.