Saturday, November 6, 2010

Back it up

I got a reminder of an important habit this week - backing up your work. When I was several chapters in on my current WIP, my husband (a forward-thinking sort), advised me to be sure to keep at least one back-up copy. My response (being a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants person), was to say that it was a good idea and assure him I would do it. Several months later, I did begin the habit of routinely sending updated drafts to our desktop computer.

A couple days ago, the IT guys at work had me drop off my laptop for reformatting. Although I had told them none of my files were backed up and they had said everything would be transferred to my new hard drive, when my laptop was returned, all my files were gone. Of course I had a minor nervous breakdown over all the work I was potentially in for in recreating everything, but my biggest comfort was that a backup copy of my WIP was resting comfortably on our desktop. I would have cried big, salty tears if I'd thought all of that effort was down the drain.

There is a happy ending on the work front also. Luckily, they had not wiped my old hard drive and were able to transfer all my files to the new drive.

So, the moral of this story is: save yourself some heartburn and back-up your writing regularly!


  1. Glad everything worked out. I need to do more backup. :)

  2. Carbonite: 50 bucks a year, backs up absolutely everything on your computer :-)

  3. Nice tip, Graham. I keep a back up of what I write on a thumb drive, but I should use another source as well.

  4. Graham, you must be a talk radio listener. ;)

    It does sound like a good idea!

  5. I keep all my files onto my account online with an online backup solution called Safecopy backup.It is cost effective because for only $50 a year i can backup multiple computer on a single account and use 200GB of space.Nice post