That phrase seems to keep coming up in one form or another at the moment. I was reading a magazine the other day that had an entire spread on how important it is to backup, and then I was reading MicroMart, and again that had an article on backing up. Then you just need to download the latest 3D Mark 06' and almost every single Mirror Site has about a million banners advertising all the latest backup software... Now in the past I have looked at alot of different softwares in one form or another. But they all seem to have the same problem; they do little about compressing your stuff. I mean if like me you have alot to backup it seems you'd need to DVD upon DVD, then whos to say it will all if the time comes to restoring your data. I remember in the Win 95 days I once backed up some vital clobber. In those days though it was only a 500Mb drive, and it wasnt even full. I backed up all I needed, and low and behold a year later the drive died. All enthusiastic I obtained the backup software, loaded it all up; only to find the first floppy disk had been rendered dead...and you couldnt proced with the restore. Now I know we have moved on abit but..... ...it got me thinking. If I wanted to backup all my stuff now, how viable would it be to say buy a hard-drive, a fairly large one. Say 300Gbs, then spank that into my USB2 caddy, fill it to the brim with all my vital data, then remove it. And safely store it. Then if I need to restore I simply restore orf that? It would seem its not the most popular option because its far from the cheapest, but it sure as hell would be the most reliable. And its really not that difficult either. Any opinions?