I've read PeaceBang's blog and spoken to her about her morbid hard drive. Hun, I feel bad for you, but thanks for preaching the good news of backing up your data. (My hard drive is even older than hers.) I've backed up everything I had onto 17 CD-ROMs.
But data management is more than pushing everything onto another medium, and inherited models of organizing your data from vertical files and hanging folders doesn't work as well as other options. At least for me.
I'll be writing about this in the coming weeks, and I expect the MLSs out there to chime in.