Hi Chaps, its a while since ive posted but i guess thats good cos it means ive had no problems... However I got burgled Saturday night and had amongst other things my macbook pro stolen =( Im really annoyed as out of all the thing they could have taken its probably the worst, i normally take my mac upstairs but hadn't and it was in view so obviously they got it on their quick trip in and out of my house. Luckily its insured so i'll be getting a new one, unfortunatly just before the update, but hay ho! Anyway my problem is that unfortunatly the last back up i did was around nov time, to my external hard drive. Ive done a lot of work and accounts since then all which will be lost amongst recent pictures, and emails and files etc. However my question is this... Has anyone ever done a re install, i need to know how to do it from my back up drive, when i get my new Laptop will i have to reinstall all of my software or will it be automatic ? Can i pic aand choose what i reinstall or will it just dump everything on there ?? ? any help or advice with this procedure would be appreciated.