Hello Apple fans! I've been a lifetime user and have checked this forum many times for answers- so thanks to everyone posting here I've read though a few posts but still don't have an answer to a question, but first my machine Dual 1.8 g5 with 2 rams slots filled with 512 each, and have just filled in the other 2 with a gig each. I currently have a 500gb drive in each of the 2 slots I use my machine for the following Final Cut Pro (mostly for home movies, but also for work) Flash iphoto itunes Popcorn and Handbrake to convert movies to ipod I hope to eventually get appleTV, and will obviously be getting the new OS when it arrives. So... I've been having problems with my HD's lately, and have replaced yet another. (still am trying to recover AL my Family Pics, Songs, and Movies.. wish me luck) so, before I start to really get down to business, I need some advice. 1- With the type of computer use I have, do I need to partition my drive? I can't help but wonder if I had put my OS and App's on one partition, and all else on the other, if I could have had an easier time trying to access my now FROZEN information. 2- I also would like to use either part or all of the other internal drive for back up. Is that a smart thing to do? I have an external drive, (sligtly problimatic right now, It was the first HD to get funky on me, so I plan to erase it sand start it new and fresh) but it's only 250GGb, Should I just use that to back up certain files? 3- If I am lucky enough to rescue my files from my messed up 500GB HD, is there a way to move all of that music onto a new drive now? IS it somehow protected? I haven't gotten there yet, so I'm asking. 4- Also, while saving songs like that in the future, how can I make sure that my back-up will allow me o restore the music files? 5- I might not "Set-UP" all these drives and files until the new OS comes out, but I'd really like to know what you expeerts out there think. One last question I'm using a software called Data REscue II to try and save as much as I can. If I'm getting information that indicates bad sectors, what other options do I have to recover those files? Could one of those "ship the Hd to US and we'll extract everything" type places still help with recovering files if this program can't? Thanks as always, and please link any other posts in your replies that you think I should read to help me figure this all out. GO APPLE!