i got to thinking about backups lately because this douchebag from work was bragging about how many terabytes of space he has. i asked him how he backs it up and he said "i don't need to back it up because the drives are new and they last like 5 years" he didn't even know what a raid array was. total dumbass so, in my situation, currently my backup is not all that great. i have a server in my closet. it has the following: 120gb [system] has a backup of stuff 200gb [stuff] - programs, important things, mp3s, porn, norton ghost images, roms etc 320gb [tivo] - keeps a backup of all my tivo recordings 300gb [video] - this drive is a raid 1 array of 2 300gb drives. it holds all my xvids of my dvd collection (work in progress) & videos/shows i download see, the problem here is that i have no external backup. if my server gets a surge, all of that stuff is gone. i'm thinking of getting a 500gb drive, copying everything important to it and then shelving it. decent idea?