In light of my previous post, it occurred to me how much of an evangelist I have become for Dropbox and how many other students risk too many of their valuable files to one hard drive.
Let's review one thing: your computer has a hard drive and that hard drive will fail.
I don't care if you have a Mac or a PC, most computers run off of a hard drive and those are made of moving parts and moving parts break. With the move to Solid State Drives (think of how the iPod touch has memory, it's all internal flash memory--like your USB drive) imminent, this may be less of a problem, but one thing will always remain...you HAVE to back your stuff up.
If you aren't backing up regularly, shame on you. You'll get what you deserve in time.
However, if you are a student (or any human with important files) you need Dropbox.
For real, you need Dropbox. Its syncing capabilities are unreal.
Think of this, if you put your files on it, you can access them from wherever there is Internet, from any device. And...if your computer dies, your iPad dies, your android phone dies, your iPhone dies, and you've obviously had the worst day of your life...you STILL have your files, because they are stored in the cloud.
I remember telling a friend at FSC that she needed to have a folder on her computer of every class she'd ever taken and every note and paper from each class in each respective folder.
You need to do that. Then, you need to keep that folder as your Dropbox folder. Copy and paste it once and always save your stuff there from here on out.
Do it. Now. It is free for 2GB. Do it.
I like it so much, I've considered trying to pay for enough space for my entire iTunes library.
If you don't back up your computer, at least do this. To lose your stuff is to lose your life and memories.