So, in light of recent difficulties, I went to Fry's and got myself a little keychain drive. It was only $30 for 64 MB, which is enough to hold the thing that I'm working on now in between backups to cd. My comfort level has increased enormously. And this drive is great. It's about as long as my pinky finger and a little wider. And the manual is written in some of the best Engrish I've read in a long time. All in all, I'm feeling quite pleased about the whole thing!