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Can you help me devise a backup system?

I want to begin a backup system that will enable me to rebuild an entire harddisk after a failure. I have a CD-RW and would like to hear your opinions on the best possible approach. Should I be looking at a complete or partial backup? Can I use my CD-RW? What applications should I be using? How will a complete restore or partial restore work?
First of all, congratulations on your decision to implement a backup strategy for your data. Disaster recovery can quickly fall to the bottom of a busy IT person's list of priorities until it's too late - you are to be commended for your foresight.

While there can be, (and have been,) volumes of material written on developing a viable backup plan, (run a search on any of the TechTarget offerings if you don't believe me,) let me offer a few tips to get you started:

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