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How do I backup everything before reinstalling the system?

I have a mac powerbook running 10.5.1 which someone partitioned. On the "system" partition which contains my apps etc., I have very little space left. I'd like to un-partition it and have been told I must reinstall the system software to do so. I know how to backup things like my document, but how do I back up all of my emails in Mail, as well as software that I downloaded and don't have the "software keys" for anymore, and software that I can't find the original discs for, etc. etc.
I want to perform a clean install but don't want to lose all of my stuff. Thanks!
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Use something like Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper to clone your system to an external drive. You will then be able to reinstall and repartition however you want. When you've got the system re-installed, you can plug your external drive back in and copy over whatever you need.

Hope this helps.

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