I currently am burning CDs as a backup to my photofiles. But the stacks are getting higher. What I had been doing with my digicam files from SmartMedia was incrementally putting them right to the hard drives, then to CDs. That had been giving me two copies fairly quickly before reformatting the card. Except I've now added a dslr and have been using 1 gig cards - which of course fill fairly quickly using RAW, etc. and are too large to drop as a second copy direct to a CD. I added a USB2 card to speed download with a new reader. Is this a reasonable time to add an external DVD burner to allow full copies of the cards (other backups and use with the laptop would be added benefits) and to begin migrating older CDs, etc., or is it maybe a good idea to wait until the HDTV format battle is over?