I live in a very remote area, naturally there are lots of power cuts and I've become very adapt at resurrecting my computer;) . Trying to be smart I use an external drive to save all my stuff. I use sync-toy as my backup program. Synchronizing, after the newest re-install of xp, didn't allow me to use most of the backup files. They either corrupted or show as empty. Some could be opened by changing the .bak end to the original name.
Any advice? Or any other clever and EASY ways to deal with backup's?