Thanks guys! What I got is 2 internal hard drives, my C dirve my F drive my data and I just purchased a Seagate 400 gig external hardrive. The external one comes with some sort of back up sofware, so if I understood right I could back up my C drive into one of the bigger drives and after I reformat my C drive I would use the back up software to restore everything as I had it? Don't I have to reinstall CS2 from its cd? Would a complete back up of C drive into my 60 gig F drive include all my preferences and driver updates?
To be able to restore your system from the backup drive, you will have had to create in advance a boot CD using the back up software. You will then have to use the Windows CD again etc...
If eveything works per the plan, this should restore your system disk to the status it was in when you last backed up.
This is of course the important point, if you back up just before reformating you don't gain anything, because the system restore will just be an image of what you wanted to get rid of.
If I may ask, why do you want to reformat your C: drive? I been running a stable Win XP Pro system for 3 years without having to reformat once. And that is with tons of various peripherals (including IEEE1394, USB2, SCSI, parallel,...) and dozens of various softwares that I update on a regular basis. What makes you think that you need to reformat?
Wouldn't a simple defrag do?