Recently, I had some sort of catastropic failure. I'd been having lots of little problems for months and this pushed me over the edge, so I ended up ordering a new tower. I am going all out this time; battery backup with AVR, extra cooling, etc. I even bought an external drive so I can back up my important files. I am an aspiring author and lost over 400 pages of type for a few novels I am working on because I kept procrastinating when it came to backing up my system. I'm not making the same mistake again. Here's my question: I purchased and formatted a portable 40gb drive. What is the BEST method of backup that ensures the quickest and most thorough recovery in the event I need to start from scratch and how do I do it? Thanks so much!