I have a small amount of data (16Gb or so) on my HDD. I am currently using flash drives for storage, but I find them slow for large transfers, and I am concerning about constantly plugging and unplugging them to bring each "copy" of my files up to date. I also have a partition on my internal HDD which is a copy of my data which I "hide" with the Win7 feature "Computer Management", and make available when I want to make updates. Lastly, every now and then I will burn backup copies onto DVD+R as added protection, but it's a pain having to prepare the relevant files for each disc (which I number) because of the small capacities of the format. I look at SSDs but cannot afford them, and it's Flash memory which I don't entirely trust yet, but I've heard countless users boast about the speed and reliability of external USB HDDs for a while now, and I've resisted so far. Ideally, if I had a USB 2.0 HDD, I'd like to make a copy of the data, dated in a folder, every time I made an update - it would help to make use of the large capacity of any USB HDD which I used, and make data salvage easier. But how slow would such a transfer be each time? I also assume I can create partitions on the USB HDD with something like EaseUS Partition Manager? AND hide the partitions (or logical drives) using the "Computer Management" tool of Win7? Basically, is it worth me going to external HDD/DVD+R rather than Flash/DVD+R for backup? And can anyone recommend a reasonable sub-£50 drive with a modestly small capacity?