Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A Writer’s Worst Nightmare 
It was gone. Everything. My computer was stolen, and with it went my heart and soul. The final knife in my heart – I didn’t back it up. I thought I had, but I hadn’t. Some of the most important things to me on that computer were my photos, my completed MS, and my newest work in progress. Now they were gone.
My salvation? Earlier in December, my brother had requested a copy of my book in its completed form. I saved it as a PDF and emailed it to him. He still had the copy. I also emailed several chapters of my W.I.P. to my editor and was able to retrieve them from her. But the last eleven chapters are gone.
My lesson? For the love of God, BACK UP. I went out and bought an external backup system and now back up religiously.
My photos will be gone forever, but at least my work has been somewhat saved.
But theft is only one way of losing your prized information. Viruses lay in wait for an opportunity to wipe you clean. Anti-virus software is good, but it certainly isn’t the be-all –end-all in the virus protection world. New viruses spring up daily, and even if you update your anti-virus software regularly, there’s no guarantee that it will cover the newest viruses out there.
And if not a virus, or a theft, how about an accident? A spilled drink on your laptop, or a fall from your lap, a desk, or table could also render your work forever gone.
Your best option is to back your stuff up. Be faithful about it. Here are some suggestions in how to back up your important data:
Before you back up, you want to have your files in a good organizational order. Otherwise, backing up isn’t going to do you any good if you can’t find what you’re looking for. Spend some time organizing your files and folders.
Back Up
Back up to an external drive. But remember, this drive must be handled with care. After you back up your data, unplug the drive and store it someplace safe. If you are going away for a few days, take it with you. If your home is ever broken into, you don’t want to make it too easy for a thief to gain access to it.
Set a Backup Schedule
Once you have your data backed up, set a schedule in your computer to be sure to back up on a regular basis. You might also want to add weekly a reminder in your mobile device or on a calendar.
Another option is backing up to a Cloud. for ten good reasons to do this.
A flash drive is okay for a pinch, but don’t rely too heavily on it, or CDs that can become scratched.
You’ve spilled your heart and soul into your work. Treat it with the importance it deserves.
I hope you found this information helpful. Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts on this.
All my best,
Dee Ann
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