I have an ibook G4 with 10.4.9 and I have no back up system other than an old zip drive 100 that I throw a few excel documents on. I run a business from this computer and have a lot of stuff on here, and have a ton of family pictures and it would be horrible to lose them. I don't know much at all about backing up and would really appreciate some advice. What external device would be best? Something affordable and what software? Something free or cheap. Are there any ways to back up my hard drive without buying an external device? Again, I am totally in the dark so you will need to reply like you are talking to an idiot. I am a little concerned because I have been running slow lately. Did some maintenance but it only helped a little. I keep reading about ibook hard drives dying. I did purchase this used about 6 months ago and up until now has been great. No problems now other than just running a lot slower. No crashes or nothing weird going on other than some trouble with my wireless connection when I am upstairs away from my modem. Disk is verified and control in utilities doesn't show anything weird. but I really would like to back up my stuff asap. Thanks for any help!