Everyone seems to be quickly moving forward with 2013 and yet, there is no better time than right now to stop and back up. Yes, stop whatever you are doing and back up. Don’t wait until tomorrow. Don’t try to remember to do it manually. Let me share a few stories that will help you understand the old adage, “it’s not if your hard drive will crash, but when.”
After an intense writing weekend with friends, Stacey safely tucked her laptop into her luggage. The group stopped in a small quaint Texas town to have supper on their drive home. When they returned to their car, they found it had been broken into and all their luggage stolen — including Stacey’s laptop! She lost everything — all that had been written that weekend and a couple of recently completed manuscripts. She was going to back up her laptop … when she got home.
Donna finished doing heavy edits to her latest manuscript. Some who had read previous versions said “it was her best work yet.” She planned to email it to her editor the next day. That’s when the dreaded happened. At last check in, her computer tech had recovered all files, except for that last version.
Ben purchased a 500 GB external drive for manually backing up his files. He had a reminder on his calendar to back up his computer every Friday. It was a great system until … the external drive failed . None of his files could be recovered.
Kimberly had been through two laptop crashes in the past few years. To temporarily help get through the last one, she saved some files to a flash drive. Unfortunately, after only 3 days of using this new drive, it failed. Those files were lost. The good news is that Kimberly for years had used an automatic online back up service. While she lost a few files that were not critical, there were still 48,000 recovered when she hooked up her new computer to the Internet and began the restore process with her back up service.
These are real stories. Like these writers, your work is important and your time is valuable. Even more so when a computer crashes, gets stolen, dropped, or lost. Combine with that the stress of figuring out who might have an email with the latest version of your masterpiece or the expense of hiring a computer tech to hopefully access your files.
Of the many automatic online back up services available, I personally and professionally recommend Carbonite. I know several other writers who use it and recommend it as well. Whichever company you choose, before you sign up for their service, ask around. Make sure it is reliable, proven, and will be there in the future. Going forward make the decision — maybe the most important one you will make in 2013 — stop and back up your files!
For the past 40 years, Karen Power has shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ through various media in Christian communications, including using her multifaceted skills to empower speakers and writers to be the best they can be. Karen has written several stories that appear in the following books: Your Spiritual Personality by Marita Littauer, Making the Blue Plate Special by Florence Littauer, Marita Littauer and Lauren Littauer Briggs, and The Authentic You by Anita C. Lee. She enjoys teaching and consulting at writers conferences and leadership training events. After working as the Speaker Services Manager for an international speaking agency, she took her decades of experience in various areas of professional ministry, business, marketing, and communication and realized one of her lifelong dreams when she launched her own full-service agency … Christian Speakers Services.