Backing Up Your Work

Yesterday I had an incident with my laptop.

The internal battery died. Again.

And…it took a day’s writing to the grave with it.

Auto recover did not auto recover even though it was set to save throughout the day every 10 minutes. The file wasn’t saved somewhere else in my computer.

It was gone. And let me just say…it sucked.

I don’t know what I could have done differently, but from now on I will make sure to hit save at least every half hour or so…just in case.

I lost a lot of good writing and even though I have great recall, I couldn’t duplicate some of the what made the passage I was working on ‘sing.’

So…today is just a blog about backing up your work. Computers are not incapable of error. You can’t always trust them. They are not always your friend.

Save your work. Back it up on a flashdrive. Email it to yourself. Print it out. SOMETHING.

Because once it’s gone it’s gone.

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  1. OUch!!! I am so sorry that happened to you.
    My super awesome techy husband set it up so that everything is backed up from my laptop each morning at 7a.m. and then I print out my WIP chapter by chapter.

  2. Oh no! You need to use Dropbox, and then every time you save your work is automatically uploaded to their server. You can then retrieve it from any computer, anywhere in the world.

    Please don't use a flashdrive. Twice now they have just failed on my for no reason, never to work again.

  3. I've been very happy with Dropbox, which keeps my work OFF my computer, and also allows me to bounce between my PC and laptop without having to worry about copying documents. It's free, and also allows file sharing, so I can create folders for other people.