Back in the heady, easy days of XP, I'd automatically back up what was important to me with a little python, a little regex, and a little zipfile. (I'd say that I scheduled the task, but I didn't.) (Of course, I still have the offsite svn server.)
Now our primary computer at home is a Vista machine with two administrator accounts, two limited user accounts, with UAC sprinkled all over the place. And that pushed the pain threshold just past the roll-your-own point for me.
What to do?
I noticed that my USB drive is a Seagate. And then I saw that Seagate OEMs Acronis True Image
. Hmm. Would it work?
I tried it out, and it tells me that it did!
Back up your stuff.