Hi Allen, you can use comerical programs like Drive Copy, which will colne you existing hard drive, or imaging programs like Ghost or Drive Image. XXCopy is a free utility you can use; http://www.xxcopy.com/ XXCOPY, which is an enhanced version of xcopy, does not copy long file names either in native dos - only in Windows dos. But yes, it copies hidden and system files, and overwrites read-only files. You can clone a drive with it but only works with Windows9x. If you copy a drive with Windows NT/2000 or XP on it, the clone won't be bootable - you just end up with a copy of your entire drive. xxcopy doesn't touch the Master Boot Record(MBR) To clone your c drive to a new drive, install the new drive as D:, partition and format it, and then just enter the following command at a Windows Dos prompt: XXCOPY C:\ D:\ /CLONE Then remove your c drive and install the d drive as your primary drive. Boot up with a Windows startup disk, enter cmos and let it autodetect your drives. Then at the A: prompt, type FDISK and make the new drive active and bootable. Karen from Karen's Power Tools also makes a good free program; Look for Replicator v1.8.7 at: http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptreplicator.asp Replicator Automatically backup files, directories, even entire drives! Karen's Replicator copies selected files from one drive/folder to another. Source and Destination folders can reside anywhere on your network. Files larger than 2 GB are supported. Options include repeated copies at intervals as short as a few minutes, or as long as several months, copy only files that have changed, and the replication of file deletions." I hope this helps Mike ~ It is a good day if I learned something new. Editor MikesWhatsNews see a sample on my web page http://www.mwn.ca/ UPDATED 30/10/03 See my Anti-Virus pages UPDATED 31/10/03 <http://www3.telus.net/mikebike/mikes_virus_page.htm> <virusinfo-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx?Subject=subscribe> A Technical Support Alliance Charter Member *********** REPLY SEPARATOR *********** On 31/10/2003 at 4:31 PM Allen Hall wrote: I have an an external HD. Is there a way I can get the computer (OS XP) to automatically access the external HD if the internal one doesn't boot? What programs would I have to copy to the external HD? Thanks. For a web-based membership management utility and information on list policies, please see http://nibec.com/24hoursupport/ To unsubscribe, send a blank email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with "unsubscribe" (without quotes) in the subject.