I have a dell inspiron 6000. I just recently performed a pc restore using dell's built in symatic (sp?) so I am basically back to square one. From what I understand it was basically a hidden partion of the orginal settings on the computer. I plan on installing some of my other programs and getting the drivers all up to date. I guess there are multiple questions here: (1) if i bought a new hard drive, and i used one of those transfer devices, would i be able to keep the symantic program? As in would i be able to back up to a certain point? (2) if i installed this new hard drive and I had everything I wanted installed with all the drivers up to date, would I be able to create my own symatic partition so I could use that point as my new "square one"?