DVD-R's are not practical if you are backing up a lot of data. In my case, I currently have about 1.8TB of data to backup. That would take hundreds of DVD-R discs. The cloud is a lot more practical for offsite backups than trying to remember to constantly swap out your backups to another site. I'd never be disciplined enough to do it on a consistent basis, which makes that method worthless in my case. Using a cloud service as just a part of a backup plan works well because it happens in the background automatically. Mike, I am paying about $60 per year for unlimited storage via Crashplan, so I would like to keep it at that price if possible. Since I am backing up almost 2TB of data, I need a service that doesn't charge based on the amount of storage backed up. My storage will continue to grow -- my photo files are quite large, and photography is a hobby I plan on continuing. I agree with your approach, Dennis. I worked in IT for 35 years, so having a proper backup solution has always been something important to me -- I know what can go wrong. In my case, I have most of my primary data stored on an external hard drive (currently a 4TB USB 3.0 drive) with the rest on either an internal SSD drive for performance reasons or the internal system drive. My primary backup is to a second external drive (currently a 3TB USB 3.0 drive) -- data is automatically backed up each night using FBackup (it's freeware). I also have a removable hard drive (currently a 3TB WD Elements USB 3.0 drive), and I will run manual backups to that when I think about it. Finally, I am using Crashplan for the offsite backups -- it runs in the background at all times. I will rotate the drives over time. As storage gets cheaper, I will buy a new, larger primary storage drive -- I bought the 4TB external drive last fall when I bought the new PC. The old primary data drive becomes the primary backup drive, and the old backup drive gets retired and destroyed. The removable drive is new, too, as my old 2TB WD Passport was nearing capacity, so I bought a 3TB one and am using the old one on my wife's PC, replacing an old hand me down external drive.