You know how it is. Everything on both my computers is working perfectly and it's taken ages to get stuff installed, devices working etc. I would really like to make a total backups / images of the entire set-ups - programmes, data, settings, the lot - so that if my hard drive dies or some other catastrophe happens, I can rebuild the entire computer from a single (hopefully automated) reinstall. I know that Maplins et al sell external hard drives, but I've never attempted the kind of backup I'm after here, and don't know where to start. To complicate matters, I run Xp on one machine, Vista on another and have been known to dabble with Linux. Any recommendations as to hardware/software solutions that really work please?