This and the other forums are full of posts from people that drove down the number of copies of "what they can't lose" to one copy on an external drive. They reload the OS and for some reason can't read the external drive. Yes it could be that old XP 127GB issue and they tried to recovery software before installing Service Packs but it was too late by the time they asked.
Don't follow others to the same problems. If you have files you can't lose, put those in more than one place.
I bought a 320 GB portable hard drive and backed up everything on my Gateway laptop, but I really don't know what I backed up. What I want to do is have everything on my portable hard drive, so I can reset my laptop back to what it was with I first got it. Someone please tell me if this can be done and how can i do it