I've been an Apple and MacRumours user for so long, and yet here I am asking a n00b question. Here's the deal, folks. I'm selling my 2 years + 8 months old 12" 1Ghz PowerBook (and it seems to be fetching way more money than it should, honestly ), and I'm going to get a new MacBook. YIPPEE!! I know I'm going to sell my PB before I get a new MB, since I only have 5 days remaining on my eBay sale. Normally, it would be easy for me to move all my preferences and such to the new Mac, since Apple includes a little program to help you move your stuff from one Mac to another. However, how am I supposed to do that when my new MB hasn't been ordered yet? I have a backup harddrive, so I've been moving my music and documents over to my external HD so that I can move it straight back over to my new MB. However, would it be possible to "compress" my entire HD and just keep a copy on my backup HD? I believe we call it making an "image" of the harddrive. Do you think I should just start afresh and install all my programs and settings again? That would take ages. I have 3 years of my life on this baby. What else should I back up? So far: -Documents -Music -Photos -iCal database -Address Book -Mozilla Bookmarks -Camino Bookmarks Anything else? I want to backup my Mail.app, all accounts, preferences, etc. Do I just go to HOME>LIBRARY>MAIL and HOME>LIBRARY>MAIL DOWNLOADS??