Recently, I had a little chat with 2 good friends about backing up computers. Folks, I am here to tell you that you HAVE to back up your goods in some form or fashion. Personally, I back up my photos and scrap goods to 2 external hard drives AND I use Carbonite which backs my junk up automatically when I am not on my computer. Why so much, you ask? Because I would be devistated to lose my memories, my hobbies, my life. I fork over $50 per year for unlimited back up with Carbonite. Are they foolproof? I doubt it. But having peace of mind knowing I have my stuff backed up at another location is worth $50 to me! Do yourself a favor and back up your computer. TODAY. :)
BTW, here is a blog article from a site I trust that has a little info on externals. Here is part 2 of that article.
Happy backing up!