reading thru some of the messages here .... numbers of them deal with backup strategies and options. Then maybe come back with your proposed approach and see what comments you get.
I am a bookdealer....have huge image/data files on books that are the core of my biz. Embarrassed to admit that I know/understand little about back up and storage (but a lot about books on design!). I have a not new(2003) Dell Dimension 4550-120G HD and an auxillary Dell laptop Inspiron 600 both running WinXP(one Home, other Pro if that matters). I begin to worry that something might happen to the (aging)desktop's hard drive...leaving me instantly out of business. What do I need that would put me back in biz quickly- stored data, programs - the whole deal...access to images, word docs, excel data and all programs (two of which are essential for access to images and/or image manipulation and no longer made, but I like 'em just the way they are)? Be gentle - my reading of these forums mostly mystify me...but I want to take my head out of the sand!