A few of you are aware that I recently suffered through the dreaded "fried hard drive" scenario, which put my participation in the forums at somewhat of a standstill while I regrouped, recovered, and reloaded.
After being a member of the arrogantly naive "it'll never happen to me" club, I got smart (as in less stupid) about two years ago; I installed a second internal hard drive, invested in an external hard drive, and signed up for an online data storage service (Mozy) that backs up all my files every day for a very nominal fee. In other words, I had three back-up systems working for me.
Although I was just about to switch over to a new customized laptop system anyway when the aneurism hit (from Rain Computers -- check 'em out online; I'm very impressed with mine -- it's awesome!), I still had to go through the inconvenience of getting a new drive installed, reinstalling the OS and whatever programs I still wanted running on that particular computer, then recovering all of the files. But the key word here is "inconvenience"; I would have been absolutely, completely devastated if I had lost all those files!
Soooo... my whole point is back up your stuff!!! I know most of you do, but I know some of you don't. And it's so easy! You could be next!