....than the removable hard drive... Although it sure sounds easy to simply copy all your data to a removable HD, hard drive's die eventually and if you don't have them copied to some other media, you'll lose the data..
What I do with important data....Make a second copy on a CD-R or DVD-R that is never used and put them in my safe deposit box or some other safe place... Every 5 years or so, make another copy.
Hope this helps.
OK, I hope this does not sound as stupid as I feel.
I have several dozen VHS home movie tapes from the last couple decades, plus a bunch of Hi-8 tapes. I want to preserve them and also have them in a digital format. Last fall, I bought a Panasonic DVD recorder (DMR-ES10), which supposedly can record from a VCR, and a SONY Handycam (DCR-HCR42), which supposedly can pass through from my old Hi-8 Handycam to the DVD recorder--I haven't had the time to try doing either yet. It has occurred to me that, even if I figure out how to do these transfers, I will end up with 100 DVDs (figuring 2 hrs. of VHS tape per DVD) that are at risk of degrading over the next 10 years anyway. Is there a better solution? Should I be thinking of storing them on an external hard drive instead? If so, what's the easiest way to do that? (I have an old SONY VAIO laptop (PCG-R505GC) with limited memory) Thanks.