Every now and then I see on Facebook another FB friend has had a disaster with their computer that has cost them valuable work or data. It reminds me that we should all be very vigilant with how and when we should save and backup.
I have several key rules for this
- If in doubt, save and backup
- Save all work often and regularly
- If you leave your pc for ANY REASON save
- Make sure you have a good back up. It should ideally be an external hard drive, these can be bought for less than £40 these days
- If you do not have an external hard drive, get a pen drive. A 1 or 2 gig pen drive is a very small expense, well less than £10.
- When writing anything important, save every 20 minutes (at the most) and back-up every day
- If all of this seems too complicated, do item 1.
I had a bad experience with my pc and it died the day I finished the first draft of my latest book. I was going to back up that day, but it was late and I was tired. The next day, it was completely dead. I had a very nervous week waiting for a good friend who is a pc whiz to fix it and back it up. He was only able to back it up from the hard drive, the rest of the pc was completely dead.
Some time ago, I worked overseas, but for reasons that will be obvious I can’t say where. In one of the government departments someone had been given the task of updating all of their records and putting them into a database.
At some point after 2 years of all of this work started, someone came to update the computer systems. This was duly done and the result was that all of the data, all 2 years worth of data had been erased.
It was all on the C drive of the pc, there was no back up and it was completely lost. No one was reprimanded for it and they started again from scratch.
There are so many things wrong with this event that the mind boggles at the systematic incompetence of all concerned.
So, do not let your data, your hard work go down the tubes because you haven’t got good data protection. There is no excuse for it.
Save and back up every time.