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when was the last time you backed up?

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Jul. 20th, 2005 | 08:27 pm

Apparently, Tanya Huff did not lose her novel when her computer crashed. But she might have...

This is not entirely the fault of modern electronics or software (Microsoft excluded). Things happened before now. Back in the days of handwriting and typewriters, entire books have been burned as kindling, left on trains and in taxis, eaten by animals from rats to pigs, and otherwise lost forever.

We are the first generation who can back up. It's a pain in the ass, but it's worth it, truly. I happened to back up yesterday (first time since May 27), and I urge you all to do the same!

<3 to all.

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from: chaosmanor
date: Jul. 21st, 2005 03:39 am (UTC)
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First thing I did when the massive stocktake for the bookshop was done yesterday was burn it to CD. No way was I going to risk Bad Things happening to my lap top during the drive home.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Jul. 21st, 2005 04:06 am (UTC)
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Good on you!

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The Charcoal Burner

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from: semyaza
date: Jul. 21st, 2005 04:17 am (UTC)
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I have backups of backups. When I wrote by hand I kept carbon copies: gave one to a friend, kept one at home, and took a third with me when I went on holidays. When I'm writing, I back up to floppy about every 2-300 words, and save every few minutes. Everything that I've downloaded--pics, fics, vids--is also backed up. I'm paranoid. XD

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Jul. 21st, 2005 04:22 am (UTC)
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your time to shine, baby!

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The Charcoal Burner

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from: semyaza
date: Jul. 21st, 2005 04:27 am (UTC)
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There are so many things that could still go wrong, but at least I won't have to rewrite anything. :)

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Stewardess

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from: stewardess
date: Jul. 21st, 2005 04:26 am (UTC)
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I started using a company called backupusa.com to back up my writing. I will also be burning stuff to a CD periodically, but having a remote site backup makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Jul. 21st, 2005 04:34 am (UTC)
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ooo good idea!

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Jassy

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from: jasmineskie
date: Jul. 21st, 2005 04:56 am (UTC)
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I back up my current project to a flash drive every night, and the flash drive goes with me out of the house. Older work is backed up to CD. And backup cds should be stored someplace other than where you write, since a housefire that burns up your computer will also burn up your backup CDs if they're in your house as well.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Jul. 23rd, 2005 05:20 am (UTC)
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I'm deeply impressed!

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heels and pints

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from: birdgerhl
date: Jul. 21st, 2005 07:53 am (UTC)
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i bought some cds the other day to do just that (but, er, haven't actually got around to it yet), thanks for the timely reminder!

b.x :)

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Jul. 23rd, 2005 05:21 am (UTC)
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I try ;-)

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