I just do several things:
a. Although I have two systems, I only backup one. One system is used primarily for video-editing and there is nothing on that boot drive which can not easily just be reinstalled. All the files hwich would be edit-fodder are on different, separate hard drives used only for storage.
b. The other system is the daily workhorse and I backup approximately once every two weeks on it. There is no real reason for me to backup more frequently because I can live with losing two weeks of additions which I may have made.
I have the backups maintained again on a hard drive which is distinct from the boot drive and I can access those files individually or en masse anytime I want to. The most crucial items on this system are: Favorites (including a large number of links I use for this and other forums). My email account files are maintained/stored on a different hard drive and all the other things that some generally throw into My Computer...are stored elsewhere.
I use a total of about 9 hard drives with two desktops, with probably 5/6 normally connected to one or the other system.
Oh yeah...I have my various licenses written down and sorted by whatever system it belongs to (I have 9 OEM licenses in my name, some for systems of friends).
Edited by hamluis, 08 March 2008 - 07:25 PM.