Backupmypc was a good one, but if you install the Intel Accellerator software, it breaks. And I have not tested it under XP SP2. The upside about this software was it could restore to what is known as BARE METAL. That is, if you lost a hard disk, your backup was bootable and could restore the entire machine.
Downsides are many. The number of CDRW or CDR disks for a full backup can exceed a persons patience. And that Intel Accelerator issue.
Instead I just backup My Stuff using CD/DVD recording software to DVDRW (does not use InCD/DirectCD!) and then it's very safe.
The OS and applications don't need backup since I have the original CDs (and duplicates).
I would like anyone to suggest the best as for intuitiveness and easiness back up software.
Will you also recommend an external drive in this situation and which one?