I just had my first hard disc crash in twenty years and it has been horrific to say the least. I have purchased an external WD 320 gig (USB) hard drive (FAT format) that comes with their software which is pretty basic. I am a web designer with roughly 60 gigs of programs/files/jpegs/movies, etc. I am looking to buy this program for a complete system back up that could be re-installed on a NTFS formated hard drive should I ever have another disaster like this. Question: Does my external hard drive which is FAT have to be re-formatted to NTFS or will it work just fine as is? Question: Not being familiar with any backup programs, if such a failure occurred, how do you access the external drive to restore to an internal C: drive. Thanks for any help you might give me.