LapBack 2.0 lets you back up your desktop-bound files securely to a USB thumb drive and take your email, contacts and documents with you. It works with U3 drives, but can also be used with CD and other media including MP3 players that it supports.
Click the 30-day trial option when prompted to complete installation. You need to restart your PC before you can use LapBack then enter your backup preferences. The default is to back up all files with no compression - great if you're backing up to a DVD or CD but no good if yours is a small-capacity U3 drive.
Tick My Documents to back up files, then select Outlook folders if you want to add email and contacts to the backup list. LapBack will ask which elements of your Outlook database are to be backed up: Inbox, Sent mail, Outbox, Tasks, and Contacts can all be included. Outlook Express is supported, too.
Finally, you need to state where files are to be backed up and whether compression and encryption are to be used. You'll need your U3 drive plugged in if you want to use this option. Selecting encryption invokes a password prompt. You can also back up to an FTP site and choose a scheduled backup.