Hey guys. So, it seems that my main (only) HDD in my laptop may be failing, so I've ordered a new drive to replace it. I'm not sure if it's failing or not, so I figure I'll use it as a backup drive - I'll wipe it with DBAN, buy an internal HD caddy for my laptop and install it as a secondary drive to use solely to hold my backups. Right now, I really don't have a great backup strategy. Every so often I'll copy the contents of my documents, pictures, music, downloads, playlists, email data and other important data to an external USB HDD. I know this is a terrible way to manage backups, and I think I just need some kind of automated backup solution, or else I'm never going to get a proper method in place. I've used Dropbox and Syncplicity in the past. I hated how Dropbox forced me to place all of my files inside one folder. I shouldn't have to change my directory structure to use their product (and yes, I know there's a symbolic link workaround for that ). Syncplicity seemed nice, but it seems like there's a lack of development going on, and a lack of communication between the staff and community. I just don't feel confident storing my data there anymore. Sometimes the servers would be down for hours, but Syncplicity wouldn't post anything via Twitter or even give a heads up. Each time I wondered if my data had simply gone "poof." I've been doing research since I learned that my drive could possibly be failing, and I think I've decided on using both an online storage service, along with weekly full disk images to be stored on an internal backup drive. I'll also rotate the backup images once per month onto an external USB HDD located elsewhere in the house. Does this plan sound like a good strategy? For online backup services, I'm looking at SpiderOak and CrashPlan. Crashplan is pretty darn cheap (2.5x cheaper than SpiderOak with their edu discount). I'm leaning towards SpiderOak though because a few sources indicate that CrashPlan has reliability issues (backups completely lost or corrupted). Does anyone have any first hand experience with these companies? For local image backups, I'm trying to decide between Macrium Reflect Free and EaseUS Todo Backup Free. They both seem comparable in features... which one is more reliable? TL; DR... Trying to decide between SpiderOak and CrashPlan for remote backup storage, and Macrium Reflect Free and EaseUS Todo Backup Free for local. Does anyone have experience with these companies/software? Thanks!