Ok, so here's my situation: I have a 2.33Ghz 15" MBP (November 2006) that conked out on me. Apple is agreeing to replace the machine with a brand new MacBook Pro (late 2008). I don't have my files backed up (Time Machine never worked), but the hard drive is accessible via Target Disk Mode and seems to work fine with no data loss. I just ordered a 750GB LaCie D2 Quadra and plan to back-up my computer with it. Here's the dilemma: I think they want me to send my current (busted) MBP BEFORE they send the new one. I'm trying to see what would be the best way to go about transferring my data from the old machine, to the external drive, to the new machine. Here's what I can think of (but don't know what would be best): 1) Borrow a friend's 10.5 machine and daisy-chain the old MBP and external drive to it, then use Time Machine to back everything up (and comment out the exclusions), then when I get the new MBP, boot from the install disk, and "restore" the system from Time Machine (without erasing the drive of the new machine, which would make it additive and therefore non-detrimental, right? Anyone?) 2) Clone the old MBP to the external drive either with Carbon Copy Cloner or a Disk Utility "restore", then use Migration Assistant on the new MBP to transfer everything from the external drive. They both seem like they should work the same, and just fine, but I just don't feel sure that there isn't a flaw in doing this. Commenting out the exclusions from Time Machine would be a big help as I use apache and some of that other stuff. Can anyone think of anything that would be wrong with either of those, or a better way to do it? Thanks so much for all your help in advance!