Thanks for being so nice. I did try clonezilla right at the start when I were reading a lot of the wiki & forum. As I now know the reason it didn't work for me is because my laptop has an internel emmc drive that clonezilla doesn't know what to do with.
I keep my stuff on a giant usb stick anyway so I didn't really regard backing up the os as that important. I'll figure something out though Worst case I can revert to my favourite sport of reinstalling if I can't fix it lol