Let me tell you. It's not a good feeling.
Flash forward to 2011. I believe computers are much more stable. Places like Dropbox and Google Docs are available to upload, store and save your items. Did I mention those are free? You might also get a MobileMe account. However you'll have to pay for that one...but if you have an iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, it's very handy. There are many, many other places to store things online. Many, many places. If you don't want to save your items into cyberspace, buy a flash drive. They are relatively cheap to buy now. External hard drives are also being sold by the terabyte. Yes, 1TB is 1024GB. Actually a person can get one bigger. I'm saying it's not uncommon now to buy a 1TB or 2TB external hard drive.
Here's the deal. Storage is free and / or cheap. My "Mr. Obvious" suggestion for the day is to back up your stuff. Because the odds are that someday...yes, someday...your computer will "BURP" and your stuff will be gone. Trust me, it's not a good feeling.