i was wondering what the best way was to backup files. i've been archiving files on my hard drive so far (locally and to another machine), but there's always a risk of my drives crashing. that being said, backing up to CD or DVD is another option, but there's limited life any kind of media. what's the best way? buy an external HD and use it solely for backing up? or use CD/DVD media? also, would you archive all the files, using stuffit (for example)? or just copy them "as is"? thanks for any help!