A few weeks ago I was at the Apple Store and witnessed this young woman in tears. She had all of her high school and college pictures on her aging Mac and the drive failed. She didn't have a backup and while the Apple gang was doing their best to recover it, they weren't getting very far. I felt terrible for her.
Then just a few days ago the external drive holding our 200 gigs of iTunes music and movies died. The drive (LaCie) was just 18 months old and gave me no warning. Fortunately, I had backed it up just a few weeks ago so we didn't lose much but these events reminded me just how important it is to make copies of your data. I wrote about my backup plan a while back and the regimen hasn't changed much. How are you doing on your back ups?