I don't know about your, but I depend upon my computer system daily to help me survive and prosper. I keep everything there:
- My daily journals - My writing - Letters and memos - Documents for personal and work issues - FAXes - My photo album (over 10,000 photos) - Graphics art that I've produced
In addition, if you are anything like me, over years you've downloaded thousands of different things off internet. You may also have installed some files from CDs and floppy disks, as well as receiving numerous files via email. Some of these downloads include such wondrous things as:
- Paint Shop Pro tubes, brushes - Photoshop filters - desktop themes - outlook stationary - Screensavers - Wallpaper - ICQ skins and sounds - Fonts - Sounds - Videos - Innumerable other things
In fact, this is one of activities that makes internet so enjoyable - being able to download and install new features, plug-ins and cool stuff as often as you can.
These files tend to take up massive amounts of space on your hard drives. On my system, my outlook stationary alone requires over 150 megabytes, my desktop themes are getting close to a gigabyte and I have over 200 megabytes of Paint Shop Pro tubes.
This phenomenon is made even worse because most people (myself included) never throw anything away. I have kept just about everything that I've ever put on my computer, until today I have over 100 gigabytes of lord knows what!
Add to that yet another issue: many of us store files on remote systems. Many people use their free hosts editing tools to create and modify their web site files directly on internet. The files are never downloaded to their author's hard drive. For example, I receive at least a couple of emails each week from someone asking how they back up files on Geocities or MSN or any number of other hosts.