Hi everyone! I own a 24" iMac since last October and, unfortunately, my Pioneer Superdrive is slowly dying on me. It's making a lot of cranky noises and spits out the genuine Mac OS X install DVD and some others with different kinds of media. I know that when technology is not working properly it's only a matter of time until it breaks completely and I'm aware that any day now my iMac will stop reading discs at all. However, I'm still within my warranty period so I'm thinking about taking the iMac into the store. And my question is: Is there any way for me to create a "clone" image of my HD into another External HD, format the HD (so my information stays protected) and then restore it all easily once the computer is fixed? I really don't like the idea of someone having access to all my stuff, design work, pictures, keychain, etc etc... I figure that, even with a password protected account, it wouldn't be too hard for a Mac wiz to login as root and access all my information. I hope I've been clear about it, thx in advance for any help BTW - In my country there isn't an official Apple Store, so, the store I'm going to is just a store that sells Apple related stuff only, but it's not in any way officially binded to Apple Inc. Hence my distrust.