Ladies and gentlemen, I have tried searching for various combos of backup, restore, system, environment, transfer, etc., with many hits but not relevant to this problem (I think): My boot drive is failing. I have backed up all the visible (and obvious hidden) files to an external drive. Is there any way to save everything EXCEPT the huge number of files I already copied? I'm guessing that means the registry, various system files, and maybe the MBR and stuff -- the stuff that will enable the new drive to be just like the old one? DETAILS BELOW First: HP m9715f about 3 years old Windows 7 Pro, version 6.1 (Build 7600) 2013 configuration includes: seagate bootdrive C 750GB from 2010 old WD drive (500?) with three partiitions 2TB exterior Seagate USB 3.0 2TB WD My Passport I have Ghost 15. I have a zillion emergency boot disks, including one made in the last day or so. My boot drive is all one partition (which in retrospect looks like a big mistake) One day Windows started working *really* slowly, i.e., right click on file, wait 20 minutes for dropdown to appear, click desired item from dropdown, wait another 20 minutes for selection to be executed. Many freezes (or being so slow that it appeared to a freeze). So: essentially unusable. I tried rebooting, rolling back to various restore points (each of which failed as "corrupt file" or "couldn't find file"; eventually realized the C: drive was failing. After a day or two, it managed to reboot properly for some reason, giving me a big SMART warning about imminent drive failure. I tried Ghost and Window Bakup, but it would fail after a while. I therefore frantically drag-and-drop copied all my files to the external drive, came then compared total size of each directory, and hand copied whatever files (I guess mostly the huge ones) that hadn't been copied. This totalled roughly 450 GB, maybe a GB different from the C: drive total. Then I tried every which way to make a complete backup with Ghost and with Windows. One way (I don't remember which) seemed to work, giving me 250-300 backup on one of the eternal drives. I took out the old C: drive, replaced it with a new Seagate 2TB drive. Tried to restore the big backup to the new drive; after about 12 hours it was maybe 20% done. For work reasons I had to halt it. I later tried several times to start over, but I'd get various error messages and it would stop. It now seems impossible to do. I'm trying to convert my backup file to an image but that appears to be running even slower than the attempt to restore. So I ask again: Is there any way to save everything on the old drive (to an external drive or a USB stick) EXCEPT the huge number of files I already copied? I'm guessing that means the registry, various system files, and maybe the MBR and stuff.