I have my Windows 8 systems set to backup to an external hard drive using Easeus Todo Backup Free. It automatically keeps up to date backups to my 2 TB external hard drive that I bought for $80. If you just want the repair disc option, you can use the Windows 8 install DVD for that. It sounds like you've been busy lately Digger!
Whenever I purchase a new computer or a new operating system, it was suggested that I create a repair disc and a set of System Recovery DVD's. I always felt secure with a Hard Copy of the image tucked away in case I got in trouble and needed to be rescued.
The new Windows 8 doesn't offer this option. Do you think it's wise to rely solely on external drives or flash drives as they're open to malfunctions also?
Any opinions on this?