We all read and try to prepare for the possible "EMP" event that may destroy our electricity and our computers some "X" time in the future. I have had my data destroyed several times over the years and would like to hear other comments on the effects of "poor man's EMP" on their preps. While I hate to date myself our first computer was a 100 something bus followed by a Sinclar with a tape recorder for storage and programming. The first computer language we studied in college was BALGOL for our Borroughs main frame. That was followed by an IBM with two floppies, one with the program, a "borrowed" copy of Wang Dos, and the second for memory. I could not afford the 2 years pay for a Winchester drive and paid a months pay for an IBM monitor, rather than a TV, which gave you any color of a sort of tan you wanted. With the advent of the 286 and the TRS80, I selected the 286 and never looked back. Now to the subject at hand. The data and programs on the audio tape never made it to the IBM format on the IBM large floppy, the data on the IBM floppy never made it to the DOS format in the 286, that never made it to DOS 6, that never made it to Windows 3, then with the changes from floppy to CD 's to DVD, from the 100 meg memory cards I used to use to the memories I now use. I have an old box of at least 100 floppy disks with what at that time were my invaluable prep and computer information that I can no longer read and I have old computer back ups of my data for old computers that no longer exist and no system to recover the data. In addition I have lost my data due to hard drive crashes, which used to be common, inability or being to lazy to transfer data from one format to the replacement format, one fat system to the next, and having my computer hacked by people wanting me to send $500 to Russia for a computer protection program that would allow me to open my computer. My computer tech said that if you did not have a good backup you were sc****. Well I tried the backup and I was sc****. I now have portable hard drives, DVD's , and memory sticks, but have no idea what will work with the Windows 7 and the storage systems data format in 5 years. Being a newbe, I have been going back and reading the archived posts in order to keep from asking stupid questions on things covered in the past. I keep getting the dreaded "page not found" message on the do0wnloads etc or an add for some Indian porn site. Other than paper copies, which are not feasible for a few hundred meg of e-books and going to Linux in order to get some order to the updates, what would you suggest?