I've always preached data back up even to my friends and their personal PCs. I came into the office Monday morning to find a black screen on the data PC with the last line reading Boot Disk Failure. I was sick. I tried rebooting and the drive just clunked and failed again. EVERYTHING is on this drive. I've used Travan tape drives in the past but they don't seem to have a good life span. Last year I bought a CD burner to replace the tape drive even though it can't hold as much data. I thought I only lost a weeks work on this crash. Wrong. The back up for Quick books and QXpress were OK. But I had another back up that contained old data files of other programs dating back to 1986. Also many documents and my wifes Quicken personal finance stuff, my old acctg program files for 2001 and prior years were on this other back up. When I went to restore it I got an error message that would not give me access to the file. I was truly $%&*#!. I took the drive to the place I bouth the PC in DEC '99. The drive was under a 3 yr warranty from Western Digital. It clunked on their PC test and failed Western Digitals diagnostics. Today I took it to anothe PC house. The lady hooked it up as a slave drive and their PC read it and we got the files off. The drive was on its last leg. Moral of the story. Create multiple backups as recommended AND attempt a restore of each backup just to see if you can access the files. My CD back up software, NTI Back UP Now, could see files on the CD but there was some kind of naming problem that wuld not let me access. There was no rescue or diagnostic or disaster stuff available from the company. Todays PC lady (God bless her) told me that DAT tape drives and tapes are more reliable than Travan or Cds. They also cost 2 to 3 times more but that sounds cheap to me today.