Surely I'm not the only 'online publisher' who has dependencies on certain Windoze proprietary software that requires being stuck with WinXP(or higher) on their machines for publishing and authoring...

Because of our dependencies on 'the other guy'... it is really scary for Windoze users to navigate at the Linux command line.

Isn't there a way to simply get this done by using PartedMagic GUIs to... 1. Backup the SonyVAIO laptop to a 'special' partition on the Maxtor 500G HD, like: 'original-sony' 2. Then, use PartedMagic to do all this other stuff that was discussed?...

...instead of all this worry about possible typos at the Linux command prompt?

It would be much faster for me, and certainly LOTS less stressful. :+}}

Just a thought... and an ardent plea.