I know there are as many opinions on how to back up your Mac as there are people, but here's my very specific situation: I have too much stuff in my user (picture of a house on Mac HD) folder to use .Mac, too much for one DVD, and wanna try to back up with NO 3rd party software - however free or cheap. How about I do this: I make a sparse disk image called "My Backup", encrypted or not, and copy-drag my entire user folder (including Documents, Pictures, Movies, and Music into that image. When and if that EVER finishes, I then use disk utility to burn to DVD. Would this allow automatic spanning across however many DVDs it would take? I think it will take about 4 DVDs. Is this the part where my perfect plan breaks down? And would this fail in some insidious way to retain important attributes or data *about* my files?