How do you back up a computer without backup software? I have problems backing up my laptop using MS Backup and Acronis backup software. Everything seems to work fine when I back up, but there is always something wrong when I re-load, either sectors are bad, or it can not read some of the data from the disk. I am tired of backing up and then not able to use the backup when I need it; I therefor am looking for a more direct method that works. I guess that dedicated backup software saves memory and is quicker, but if it does not work, it becomes a moot point. And with external disks, available in TBs, who cares about memory space? Any suggestions or comments?