Okay, I'm not quite sure where to put this thread but I think this is a decent share to safeguard your work. And I do believe computers sense fear by the way! You know what I mean, you have a major project going on, your well into it, you haven't done a backup in a while because of the ongoing work and then you hear it! THE CLICK OF DEATH from your hard drive! I know we should always backup our data including a regular series of full and incremental backups plus system backups. But I can't tell you how many times I have had full system backups fail because of some bizarre internal Windows issue. Anyway, I like to pretend to be in charge of my life and I have a big IM campaign due this fall that is the culmination of eight years work. Yep, you read right, eight years so I'm a bit afraid of being bit in the proverbial arse! Now, I have few extra SATA drives lying around as the result of my inevitable upgrades to my main system. So I decided I would clone my master boot drive. The easiest solution I have found is listed below: 1. Grab a free of XXCLONE and install on your main drive. No, I have not monetized this site. 2. Power down and install a second comparably sized spare SATA or IDE drive as a slave. IDE drives can be a pain with their master/slave settings. By the way grab a can of air and remove the dust bunnies that have accumulated over time. 3. Now reboot and make sure you can identify the spare drive as your D: 4. Run XXCLONE and it will list your source volume and target. Get this right!!!! Hit start and it will clone the main drive to the spare. This will take a couple of hours depending on the size of the drive. 5. Then use the Cool Tools options to make the spare D: drive bootable. 6. Power down and install the spare drive as a your main drive and check to see if it boots. If you did this right it will boot and the bulk of your programs will run except those that use the physical hard specs for license protection. Windows 7 works fine with this! 7. Power down, remove the spare and install your old drive. Put the spare on the shelve until disaster strikes. 8. Now you have a bootable backup drive and you should repeat the process every month or two. In case of disaster you don't have to worry about system restore or image disks and, additionally, you avoid losing time rebuilding drives. Just grab your backups and install on the new drive. I'm sure a comparable solution could be had for MACs as well. And please don't tell me MACs don't crash, they all use the same PC hardware. However;I suspect the system restore is probably better than Windows, no way it could be worse. I know it's a bit extreme and you have to invest in some hardware but I have been using PCs for years and I get tired of being a victim. Also, I would welcome better solutions.