Might be losing the HD on my laptop. Ran scandisk and found a lot of bad sectors. My plan is to reformat the drive with the full format option and see if it is hardware or software based errors. My question is this? I can either use a program to image my drive and restore that data to the freshly formatted drive, or I can wipe it out and start from scratch and reload the software without all of the garbage that might be in the imaged version. I currently have all of the major programs saved to another HD so I can easily copy their data back to the correct locations after I reformat the drive. An explanation of this is I use software to keep copies of the My Documents folder, the Programs folder, as well as what I call my Temp folder (it holds all downloaded drivers, programs, and data backups) synchronized between my laptop and a 100 Gig external USB HD so my data is safe. I also have the room to save my entire laptop HD to this disk if needed. I have also copied all of the serial numbers for different programs to a Word file so I can reenter the numbers if I go the full format and reload all software route. Some of the disk errors are in the system files, so when I tried to backup the drive with the MS version it would not complete the backup. What would be the recommended program to backup the entire HD? What has worked well for you? What do the resident experts recommend? Image and restore, or start from scratch? Finally, because the errors might be hardware based this would also be the time to replace the HD whether it needs it or not. Current is 30 Gig at 4200 rpm with 10 Gig of free space. I am looking at 60 Gig either 5300 or 7200 rpm. Thoughts on this?