I've heard horror stories of losing all your hard work to a computer crash. Till last week, I'd never actually experienced a total crash.
Friday night, I completed my novella, Seduced by Darkness. All I had to do was edit and send to publisher.
Something told me to take that extra second to back it up to my flash drive, and I did.
The next morning, the computer was incapable of starting up. Recovery DVDs + screwed up DVD drive = dead computer. I haven't given up, but for now it sits to the side, and I'm using my back up computer. She's a slow girl, but she'll get the job done till I can figure out my next step.
Thank you to all writers who have ever shared their horror stories. You saved my life! I have most everything backed up to flash drives thanks to all the warnings.
Yes, I lost my favorites. (I'd just started using a new browser and had it on my list to do - backup favorites.) I can't think of anything else that wasn't backed up. But, as in a move, one day I'll go searching for something and discover it was lost in the crash.
There are many alternatives for backup - flash drives, DVDs, external hard drives, online storage. As a safety precaution - back up your work.
How do you back up your work? How often?