Okay for whatever reason, the last couple of days my MACBOOK has been going very slowly. I added 2GB of RAM from OWC about a week and a half ago and the computer was going pretty fast. Whenever I would start my computer up all the startup programs (Preview, Textedit, iTunes, Adium, Synergy) would all open instantly and wouldn't bounce on the dock at all. Now when I restart my machine I see all those applications bouncing on the dock for about 3-5 bounces (Firefox takes like 8, is it supposed to be that way?), this NEVER used to happen before. So I think there is a problem with my OSX and I want to reinstall it. However, I don't want to lose all of iTunes music, my iPhoto pictures and settings (you knwo how iPhoto makes all of it's little subfolders and stuff), and all the other programs I downloaed. So what would be the best way to back up my system? I don't have an external HD or a .mac account. I'm scared that backing up my system and then transferring it all the stuff back over after the reinstall would bring back the item that was causing the slow down. Would this happen? So what should I do? Sorry this was so long. Any help would be great.