I am currently using Windows vista 32bit business, now i want to dual boot with redhat. 1)I need to back/image my whole hard drive before i try this out. 2)If possible,transfer this whole image into virtual image so i can use it on vmware running redhat as host OS. Solution (options) a)Back up using any vmware compatible image software($80-$100) so i could restore the image in vmware player for linux. b)Back up using windows built in backup software( not sure if that is vmware compatible).(free) c)installed vmware converter on my PC so i could convert my windows(physical machine)in to vmware image. (Gave an error-host OS not found) d)Purchase vmware for linux and install vista using it and restore all the programs.(~$150) (Looks risky to me) apart from windows activation problem, if i encounter it. which one would be better. Any other suggestions most welcomed.