Here's the situation: We have an old iMac G3 600 running panther, it does the basics and works fine, but lately it has been stirring up trouble. Finder started relaunching whenever we tried to open a folder and any application would crash after a few bounces. We booted disk utility from the install disk and ran verify disk. It came up with about a half dozen overlapping extensions, or something like that, and couldn't successfully repair. The apple store told us to wipe and do a clean install. We need to get off about 100gb of files before we do, and this is where the problem really starts. I boot the iMac pressing 't', and connect it to my powerbook, along with an external(120gb) hard drive to transfer. I first drag and dropped everything at once on the iMac to the external, and up comes a few warnings about files not being copied due to permissions or a necessary password or some such thing, but I assumed I could take care of whatever files were having troubles o their own. In the middle of the transfer, it tells me that 'the item resources cannot be copied', and when I press continue the transfer stops. About 55 of 100 gb are transfered, specifically the Library folder(1.5gb) doesn't transfer at all, along with about half of the users folder(43gb of 86gb) and half of Previous System(250mb of 480mb). For all three folders, if I try to copy them manually and tell it to replace the old one, it simply stops at the same amount, without warning, and for the Library folder it simply stops as soon as it calculates the number of files and sizes. What I am hoping for, in terms of help, is a way to completely copy or duplicate the iMac hard drive to the external. They are both 120gb. Any way to do this avoiding permissions and such would be great. Or, if there is a program that can completely back up one hard drive to another like this, if that would help as I think. Any help at all would be much appreciated, and thanks for your consideration.