My usb thumb drive died last night I'm going to drop it off tomorrow at a data recovery company to see if they can salvage some of the data... I back up my laptop about every 2 months or so to an external hard-drive...but I only have scattered and out of date copies of many of the documents which were on this thumb drive... Whilst none of the data was mission critical it's just very frustrating to get that sinking feeling at 1am when your drive suddenly stops responding... I think this is going to be one of those valuable "learning experiences". All the data recovery people I've spoken to have admonished me like a naughty school boy for not being aware that flash drives are "notoriously unreliable" and "fail regularly". So that some good comes of this... a) what method do you use to back up data you need to port around with them between different computers? b) does anybody use windows briefcase thingy? c) any products especially good (I know there's a variety of fairly small hard drives available now...but I need something that can fit in my pocket. I assume all the products of that size use flash memory... (but geeks please tell me otherwise) Thanks N.