welp, i finally did it... i broke down and bought a DVD burner. lol it supports both + and - r/rw and the dual-layer +r formats. bought some blank -r's (couldn't find any dual layer +r's for a reasonable price...) and i also got an external usb/firewire hard drive. as you may rememebr, my 200gb maxtor took a shit on me... so im ripping that out... keeping my 60gb primary drive, and i'm going to use the external drive for all my files. its pretty neat has some back-up software, and also acts as a usb hub so, i can get another one or 5 and plug 'em in daisy chained all for $300 bucks out the door.