The other day, I had a panic attack. A serious, heart-thumping, beading sweat panic attack.
I’d misplaced my flash drive.
The search commenced. My bed was littered with the contents of my purse as I went through every nook and cranny. I rearranged all my books to make sure I hadn’t put it someplace weird. My computer desk now had open space – a lot of open space.
No flash drive.
The long and short of it, I’d left it on my desk at work. It was waiting for me, if inanimate objects could laugh, laughing at me.
My lesson learned? Back Up Everything Regularly.
What would you do if you lost your flash drive, your hard drive went bad, a fire/tornado/earthquake/lightning strike destroyed everything or the computer gremlins carefully chose you as a target? Recreating all my brain dumps, ideas, WIPs would be nigh to impossible. I’d have to start over. That is a terrifying thought.
What are your options?
- Online Back-up Companies. There are several programs you can back up your WIPs too. Check out this PCMagazine article for options.
- Google Docs. Google allows you to use their cloud storage to store unconverted files. That way you can have your projects anywhere you need. The only downside is there is no version control to Microsoft and Adobe products. You’ll have to back it up manually each time.
- Multiple Flash Drives. This is not a particularly easy option you have to make sure all have the same data. Plus, flash drives are small and easy to misplace.
- Portable External Hard Hrives. Back up your documents, pictures and music to an external hard drive. Most external hard drives are small enough to be able to grab in an emergency.
There is nothing more horrifying than losing all your hard work. Find a backup option that works for you and do it.
Save your work, save your sanity.