I have a catch-22 problem. I don't want to try fixing my system until I've backed up my data, but I can't back up my data until I've fixed my system. The problem is with backup! Help! I wanted to backup my system this morning using Backup, something that I have done successfully in the past. The things to be backed up included my iPhoto library which is on an external firewire hard disk. Most other things (eg address book contents and application prefs) are on the internal hard disk. Backup calculated that I would need 7 CDs and asked me to enter a blank CD. I then got a message saying there was an unrecoverable internal error. Clicking OK in this message box caused Backup to Quit. I have run disk utility and fsck and everything seems to be OK with my disk. I have rerun backup and the same thing happened again twice more. What should I do next? I'm loathe to do anything too major as I don't have an up to date backup. But I can't do the backup as it won't work. Everything else seems to be running fine with my system. What is the best way to backup my critical files without using backup? The *only* thing that I really don't want to lose is my photos. Everything else can be recreated or recovered from somewhere or someone. What is the best way to safely copy my photos onto CDs in case something goes wrong while I'm trying to fix backup. Shall I just burn lots of iPhoto albums using iPhoto or there a quicker way? Any advice would be appreciated.