I always hated trying to convince customers that backups were a 'good thing' (I'm channeling Martha Stewart, pre indictment). It's even worse trying to explain that data recovery from a fried HD is really expensive. Backup HDs are good. Burning a CD once a week with all your notes is good. Flash drives are good.However, while I have a backup HD (mostly to back up computers I'm working on), I've noticed that all my law school notes are less than 500mb, including my 1L,2L summer jobs. An iPod would hold it all. Damien- which shop did you work at? I used to work at Springboard.