Published on 26 Dec 2008.
Backup your data. Do not create digital content of any value if you are not going to do a backup within a month or a week or a day. Hardware failure is just a one-meter drop away.
It won't happen to you because you are not stupid enough to knock your USB drive off your table? And you are going to buy this new computer in a few days anyway, so that you will be able to do a backup then? – Yeah, you are like me from an hour ago. Now go backup your data.