I am soon to put a 40gb hdd in my laptop (currently a 20gb with 8g free). I am wondering what the best strategy for backing up would be, my primary concern is documents, which will be on their own partition away from Windows and installed programs. Ideally once a day backups but I could live with once a week backups. My personal preference is for a solution that uses VSS. My laptop is not always connected to my network, so is it worth backing my data to a a different partition on the drive ? What the purchase of a usb memory stick as backup media ? My current preference will be to utilise my existing HDD as an external USB drive as the backup media which I can plug in once a day.