Backing up your important docs and pictures is a good idea - backing up your whole hard drive as an "image" is way smarter.
That way, if your main hard drive fails - you can simply buy a new one (really cheap these days), plug it in, and recreate the entire contents of the old drive (including the operating system, all docs, every picture, every application and even every single setting and tweak you had on your old drive) from the "image" file.
Is this hard to do? - nope.
You will need...
1) A new hard drive installed on your PC for the backup (or old one if you have a spare).
2) A copy of this software or equivalent.
That's it - do a backup once a week (I do).
My PC died about a year ago - and I simply restored my main drive from the "image" on my back-up drive and it was as though nothing had happened.
Thanks for the reply; I do have a hard drive that I back things up on as I did have the same problem as you.
However what I am looking for is someone who can set up systems and knows about software. I have a studio in Weston Street and looking to expand so putting in another computer, one just for work and one for bookings etc, to have the music running of the booking computer and have everything wireless. So a small company or freelancer that can help out.
As I really don't know how to and don't have to time to deal with this, ask me how to rehabilitate a knee, loss weight or get ready for ski-in I am your gal! But computers............no!
I know someone who has worked in large companies and now looking for freelance work. Have used him for my personal IT problems and he's very good.
If you'd like to get in touch with him for a chat, I can pass your contact details on.
Its easy to set up and will handle multiple PC's. Backup is realtime in the background. If you want to back up shares (looks like you dont at the moment) then you will need to buy into the 'Briefcase' features.
You can do 'bare metal' backups with 'Clonezilla' http://clonezilla.org/ and a large external drive. Its free to download and allows you to completely restore everything from total drive failure to a new drive. Since you seem to use only PCs (no servers or NAS) this might be a good solution in addition to livedrive.