My wife's laptop decided to roll onto its back and stick all four legs in the air the other day. A disgraceful lack of foresight on my part meant that she lost all of her data, including a bunch of iTunes-sourced music. Apple does not allow customers to re-download lost music, which is just another reason why I detest that company. A few days later, my wife now has a shiny new Dell Inspiron, and I've told her that she can begin downloading music again.
To make sure this problem doesn't happen again, I have decided to mirror the drives of all the computers in the house on a decent backup device. After looking around for a bit, I settled on the excellent NetCenter from Western Digital.
It's a really nice piece of kit. A sexy-looking box (it matches my Dell computers) housing a 500Gb drive and print server combination that plugs straight into my router. Combined with some appropriate mirroring software, it is an absolute doddle to keep complete-image backups. I feel like I can relax just a little bit.