Hi everyone I've never worked with zipping files or compressing them...is it recommended if I'm trying to back up my photos, to zip//compress(??) so as to have more room?? Also...thus far, I've only used flash drives for some of my photos and I've copied everything to an external hard drive. I"m noticing that it's running much slower and I'm not advanced ( or even intermediate) with computers so what's the best?? oh...although I recently installed CCC (suggestions thru here - thank you) I have not taken the time to learn or use it. I did, however, see something about NOT using a Western Digital hard drive because.......something doesn't something with the something...yep!!!! I'm just trying to figure out best ways to back up, which is better for different things (music, photos) and I've read so many of the threads here....some of which is explained to advanced for my level of expertise and hard to understand. yep - maybe there's a 'Backing up stuff for Dummies' out there somewhere. thanks so much for all of yr help - it's been a lifesaver having all of your recommendations - thank u!!!