Hey all I know I'm preaching to the converted: the Duke of repeating the obvious: Just a little cautionary tale.. I have a little tower as prime tool: 2 Seagate HD 500G 2yrs new...multiple partitions.. D#1: Primary: OS, multiboot, multiple tweakedVMs, several FDISR snapshots, images D#2: data back-ups, images, downloads, snapshot archives..."archive+data set-up" Had an interesting couple of days...Day before Easter long weekend: Primary boot system suddenly acting all twitchy...scanned for mals.."corrupt apps"..popping up, nothing 'working': HD scans all RED RED RED Scanned other drive: RED Thankfully: **also have network drive**: had everything there too !! Paranoia rules. Desperately saving e-mails, settings, VMs... did not think I could trust any images taken at that time, FDISR could not complete a snapshot. Off to the shop: new gear .. Then in light of bad disks and possible corrupted data..made decision to go through full install. Actually not bad..bit of fiddling..verra snappy again Tested restores from Network images and snapshots ..all OK. Wiped lots of old images ( some years old ) recovered lots of space on NAS. VMs seemed to survive OK Point of story: Had TWO HD FAIL simultaneously: outrageous. ( LOL: same batch ?? ) TBH: that wasn't a scenario I had actually planned for..so there, caught !! But: I did have enough of a 'safety net' to make it relatively painless. The shop guy was pulling a list of his other customers as we redid my rig: pretty impressive he has that. Lesson: - whatever can happen absolutely will. - have a very clear strategy for recovery and back-ups. Now, have to develop a plan for eventual HW failure of NAS with ALL that data there... Suggestions?? (I can back up via USB from the NAS ...but will need a BIG drive ) (Dont trust "cloud" storage yet..and have a lot of very sensitive documents - and pics of her indoors and tin lids and upload speed here sux. ) All good again: reevaluating tools and contingency plans Regards.