01 July, 2007
It's the first of the month which means it's Back Up Your Files day.
Never heard of it? That's because I've just made it up. James mentioned the importance of backing up on his blog ages ago but I only do a full back up every few months. Making it the first of every month should help me to remember.
Of course when I'm working on a script, I save every ten minutes and I back it up daily - simply by copying it across to my USB flash drive/memory stick. Actually I have two flash drives and copy it across to both. Takes much less time than writing it all out again from scratch. But what about finished scripts, notes, research bookmarks, articles and photos of Paris Hilton?
There is back-up software - both shareware and otherwise - which does it automatically, but just burning it all to a DVD will do. Ideally you should keep the copy in another room or at work or in the car or at a relative's or in your bank in a safe deposit box, like I do. It can save so much future hassle for so very little present-day hassle.
You might think that keeping my writing files at a bank is over-the-top but can you imagine the huge impact on history should my writing be lost forever? It's too shocking to contemplate. It's like, what if Shakespeare's plays hadn't been printed?
While your writing isn't as important as mine - don't worry about it, nothing to be ashamed of - don't be casual about backing it up.
I think that ideally should your computer crash or be nicked, the emotional impact should be negligible as anything important should be on a CD, DVD, flash drive or external hard-drive and can be restored easily.
Don't delay, do it today. It is Back Up Your Files Day, after all.
How to decide what data to back up
Back up manually or use Windows XP Backup utility
How to choose an external storage format for backup files
Mac OS X: How to back up and restore your files