Friday, July 10, 2015

Back Up Time

Hey all.  When was the last time you backed up your files?  Take some time and do that, k?

As I sat here listening to the thunderstorms roll in, I remembered to backup my files.  But, you know, the last time my computer crashed, it was a bright, sunny day.  My computer had just had enough.  It died.  The harddrive went soft.  And I lost everything I hadn't remembered to backup.  We call it The Great Computer Crash of 2006.  And I live in fear that it will happen again.

My books were fine.  I back those up every time I make a change.  Every single time.  And I back them up by emailing them to my Gmail account.  Plus, when I backup to USB Drive, I put those on there, too, so I don't lose anything pertinent that wasn't in the book's file itself.  This time it was book covers - because I know damn well those aren't anywhere else. 

No, what I lost was a good bit of picture files.  Including almost all of my baby pictures for Kira Kitty.  She was so tiny back then it's almost hard to believe, and I don't have the pics to prove it anymore.

Now, since I take a boatload of pics, and I never throw anything out, I need a 32GB stick just to keep them all - and soon I will have to go to a 64GB stick.  I do have one of those.  It's got everything I need on it, and it's sitting in my safety deposit box.

Oh yeah, I should mention that it's a wise idea to make sure you have a backup off site.  In case of emergencies, doncha know.  If your house burns down, all your files will be safe.  Or if a tornado blows through.  You get my drift.  If you don't have a safe deposit box, send a copy to a friend or a family member - someone you trust to not go waltzing through your files - as long as they live somewhere else.  Don't want your backups in the same general area as your hard drive, just in case.

Yeah, I need to practice what I preach because I know darn well the drive in the box needs updating.  What a pain in the buns.  Still, it's worthwhile to do it. 

Because the last thing you want is to lose months worth of precious files and pics and words.  You'll never rebuild them.  Trust me. 

What about you?  How often do you backup?  Use a thumb or a CD, or do you leave it to the cloud?


jblynn said...

Good advice.

I use the cloud...if only because I love automation, lol.

B.E. Sanderson said...

The cloud makes me nervous. If they can't keep passwords safe at any given specific site, how are they keeping data in the cloud safe? I probably just need to learn more about it, but no time right now.

Silver James said...

I use Dropbox (free version) for my MSs. I work my drafts in Scrivener and it backs up to the DB files every couple of second. I use DB so I can work on my WIPs from either my desktop or laptop. I also back up to an external hard drive every couple of weeks. My toaster box is about 8 years old now and I figure it's just a matter of time. I'm looking at replacements and not finding anything that suits me. Plus I'll have to pay someone to transfer files because I'm totally technologically challenged.

Be warned that thumbdrives can fail too. My CP lost a lot of her work that way. :( Not even CDs are impervious and floppies even less so. Having crashed both memory and harddrives, I live in fear. LOLOL

Karyn Good said...

Thanks for the reminder, B.E.! I am very lax about this and it's not good. Not good at all.

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