Interesting post by Charlie Kindel on the fallacies of using an external HD for anything other than non-critical data back-up. Having almost all the bits and pieces for my Whidbey 64bit comp in place now, I had thought of using a firewire HD to hold my music collection, VPC images and installer files for easy access. Everything else is on a RAID1 HD. So my idea seems to coincide with his, but there's one thing. I can back up my really critical data onto a handful of DVDs (and will), but its a hell of an arse to re-burn every one of the almost-thousand CDs and tapes I have in my collection. What backups the backups then?