Hi, I bought a used 17 inch MacBook loaded with several thousands of dollars worth of software and running OS X 10.5.8. For reasons footnoted, it is already showing its age* and according to Murphy's Law, it will soon die on me. . . So, to cheat fate, I am hoping to put the entire system onto an external hard drive so that I can run the software from a PC running OS X. (I have to buy a PC for other reasons, and I don't want to duplicate the expense for another Mac.) I understand that VMWare has the software program that allows OS X to run on a PC. But I am unsure of exactly how to best "mirror" (is that the right term?) the system to a hard drive so that the software will best work on the PC indefinitely. (If possible, I would like to be able to upgrade the OS over time without losing access to these great Mac software programs). Thanks in advance for all thoughts on best approaching this. I have never mirrors a drive before and am a little unclear on how the duplicate copy can be used on another system. Best, ---------- *The battery swelled, I replaced, but it stopped working off the battery. Now I have to keep it plugged in. These are issues I see on the boards that happen to old systems. I suppose the drive will eventually fail.