My hard disk is having some problems now. I have been advised to back up my data, format the hard drive, then restore the data. But I'm not sure if formatting can make any difference. Since the restored data is the same as the original data sector by sector, I figure that the formatting might be lost anyway. Any ideas on how this is going to work out? If I have to replace the hard disk of my PC, will there be any potential problem if I create an image onto a removable hard drive, then restore it onto the new one in the PC? I mean, the new hard disk is probably going to be different from the old one (size, model, driver, etc.). My PC accomodates only one hard disk that I can boot from so I need to be sure there won't be any conflicts or failure. Finally, does frequent (more than once per week) full restoration damage the hard disk in any significant way over the long run (say, a year)? I'm a little concerned about the way the hard disk was wiped clean in a second and data completely rewritten on it so often. Thanks for helping out!