I have to give a shout-out to SuperDuper!, an application for creating a bootable backup of your Mac hard drive. Useful if your Mac goes south (and mine has three times in two years), and perfect for copying all my files from my MacBook Pro to 120 GB Western Digital external drive. So now when I get my new computer I can just use the migration assistant to import from the external drive and have everything as it was.
The best part about this application is that you can use the unregistered version for free and it does everything you will need for a simple backup/migration. It even walks you though the steps by prompting you if you need to re-format the external drive. Now I have to do the same for the Windows XP partition on my computer and I’m not sure what tools are out there, but I’d love to find something as simple as this. Any recommendations?