I ended up loosing only one scene of revisions - about three pages - and only about an hour of work. Also, it wasn't one of those gut wrenchingly difficult writing sessions.
Despite my relief that I'd transferred three full chapters worth of work only two days prior from said devil drive, it was a wake up call. I'd been getting a little lax in my backing up. Instead of transferring files to all my back ups every day, I was only doing it every other or even every three days. I also hadn't done my extra, extra back-ups in quite awhile.
Here's all the places I'd need to remember to update my work on HOUND:
- thumb drive (which is now dead and a defiler of tender trust)
- desktop pc (main writing computer)
- external hard drive system
- Erik's (my boyfriend) computer
Lots of places to update, right? Pain in the ass, right? Easy to get lazy, right?
Well, worry no more. And if you have a huge amount of locations like me, consider checking out dropbox. This is a file syncing system that keeps a copy on any computer you have, provided you download the software, and keeps an online copy. The dropbox is located in "My Documents" and acts just like your normal windows file system. Every time you save changes, the dropbox syncs up across all locations (as long as you're connected to the internet).
And, since Erik also uses dropbox, I shared my folder with him. Now I have a copy on his hard drive and his web storage that auto syncs. Now every time I make a change, my files are saved in/on:
- online storage
- Erik's online storage
- Erik's PC hard drive
- PC hard drive
- Netbook hard drive
And I never have to move files via thumb drive or email them to myself. And even if the dropbox website crashed, the files are still saved on my computer, not just stored in the interwebs ether. I encourage everyone to check it out.
It's free for 2GB and you can "rent" more space for a fee.