OK, so here's my situation: I have a PowerMac G4, which I'm selling tomorrow. (Side note: I'm extremely pleased with the resale value Macs retain after several years.) I have two hard drives, one of them partitioned, and a ton of data that I need to keep. In a week or two, I'm buying a MacBook or a MacBook Pro. Since I won't have both computers at the same time, I can't use Migration Assistant. So I bought a Western Digital firewire/USB2 external hard drive and started copying my stuff over. (I have a pretty good idea of where my important files are.) Two problems with this approach: 1. Some folders (like Final Cut Pro Documents) are giving me this message halfway through trying to copy them: "Sorry, the operation could not be completed because an unexpected error occurred. (Error code -1309)" 2. It seems generally like an imprecise process -- like I'll miss some files that are important for some application or another. I've looked at SuperDuper and Carbon Copy Cloner, but they don't seem to really do what I want. I don't want to make a bootable backup -- I want to start fresh with a new factory install of Tiger, but transfer my important stuff to the new computer. So, my questions: 1. How do I copy stuff when it gives me that error? I tried repairing permissions. Didn't work. 2. Is it a problem that the external drive is FAT32? The user's manual says that's only a problem if you're using OSX 10.2.8 or below, but the backup programs say I should reformat the drive. (Keep in mind I don't want to boot from this drive, I just want to store files on it. But I'll be using the drive with my new laptop, so if reformatting it for the OSX file system would improve performance, I'm up for it.) 3. What would be the best way to get my stuff onto my new laptop from the external drive without crudding it up? Is there some software I can use for that?