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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Back Up, Back Up, Back Up!

Seriously, how many times do we have to be told to back up our computers? And how many times do we get lulled into thinking all is well? That happened to me this week. My MacBook hard drive crashed. I'm OK with having to get the new hard drive, but I think it's been several months since I backed up my drive on an external drive. That may not seem like a long time, but in the career of a writer, it represents hundreds of thousands of words in note and story form.

Fortunately, I have most of the articles as attachments in gmail. But the note files are a big loss indeed. So are the photos, the few that I bother to take these days.

My oldest son is mourning his 800 songs on iTunes. His iPod was stolen from the locker room at school this spring so he doesn't have a back up on all of them. He does have some of his latest favorites on CD.

Can't ever seem to learn this lesson enough. Now I'm gonna upgrade to Tiger OS so I can get the automatic backups.


virtuallori said...

Sympathies. You might want to check into Mozy; the security of offsite backup is worth the (relatively small) price. I've been very pleased with it. (But yes, it does take a loooooong time to get that first backup done. It goes quickly after that, though.)

Michelle O'Neil said...

Automatic backups? Awesome. I'll have to look into that.

So sorry about your lost files!