I Should but Probably Won’t Until It’s too Late

“Do you want to make a backup of your files?”

“Yes. No. Ask me again later.”

Every now and then my computer gives me this option. Very considerate, but it always occurs when I’m in a hurry to get an e-mail send before running out to go to my next appointment. So I ignore it and the voice in the back of my head, which says it would be wiser to have a copy of my work stored somewhere safe.

One Click Only

I’ve only made one backup on our desktop computer and that was five years ago. I’m not a huge fan of backups, since they’re practically outdated as soon as I’m finished. I haven’t given it much thought to update my backup until my laptop began to do funny things with its battery. Not charging, showing to be charging but actually not charging at all or showing not to have enough battery power while plugged. During those weeks, the little voice became stronger as my laptop’s behavior became more suspicious. It never came to the point of giving into that wise advice, however. My laptop is functioning properly again, thus that sound advice has returned to the bottom of my ‘I really should do this soon’ list’.  Of course, if I’d repeat the process once a month, it would minimize the difference between the original files and the backup. It’s just some extra work, work I’m most likely not going to do. I’m waiting for the technology to allow me to save documents simultaneously; one click yet saved on two different locations.

Lost Effort

Last week, that voice returned stronger than it has been in the last five years as one of my friends fell victim to burglary. Among the personal belongings that had been taken from her place was her laptop. Uncertain if she’d ever retain it again, she decided it was best to delete all her files through iClouds. I don’t think it’s even possible for me to delete my files without being physically behind my laptop, but the idea of losing everything I worked on for the past few years, the stories, the essays, the numerous photos, it just isn’t very appealing.

Knowing Better

The necessity of making a back-up has become considerably more favourable. However, I’ve got to prevent myself from treating it in a similar way as I do smoking and drinking. Regardless of it being unhealthy, the occasional drink and smoke is really something I like to do. I know postponing making a copy of my most important files is something I’m going to regret when it’s too late.

“Do you want to make a backup of your files?

Yes. No. Ask me again later.”

Next time I’m asked this question I think I’m going with ‘Yes’.

Cecile

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12 thoughts on “I Should but Probably Won’t Until It’s too Late

  1. Yes!! always press ‘yes’! iCloud has now become my best friend since The Disaster. I can access my files wherever, whenever I want ( and so can the American government, Dutch government, any government Big Brother; but hey, at least it can’t loose it anymore 🙂 )

    1. I surprised myself last weekend, I made a backup. My dad suggested to use syncback or something like that. It’s a program that will synchronize selected folders automatically, depending on the given settings. I haven’t had the time yet to look into it, but it sounds wonderful.

  2. I am one of those people who had a burglary and both the laptop and the external hard drive got stolen (where I had backed up some of the work). I had occasionally backed up things on my thumb drive, but of course it was not the most up-to-date version, so a lot of my work went missing. I’ve learnt my lesson and now back up on Dropbox and on Google Drive.

    1. That’s awful! I was also considering saving everything on a USB flash drive. I did this once before, but when I wanted to access the files again after a while the files turned out to be corrupted somehow, turning all documents into 1KB files. This was years ago when flash drives were still fairly new, but I don’t like to experience this again. Besides, I tend to loose small things that can be easily moved around. I guess Google Drive is going to be my best chance 🙂

  3. I’ve had two hard drive failures, both while I was working on deadline for clients. Avoid the heartache. Back your words up in the cloud. Do it now!!!! Or get a Mac and use Time Machine. It’s only a matter of time until your luck runs out. Please. Google Drive also backs up everything you’re working on every few seconds (once it’s done the initial backup that takes some time). So many options. Please say “yes.” :o)

    1. Oh dear, I was planning on saving everything on a hard drive. Perhaps I should use Google Drive after all. Unfortunately, I don’t have a Mac and I’m not sure Windows has a cloud or something like it (at least not the windows version I have). I can of course make a hard drive backup as well as a Google Drive one tomorrow. As long as I have a backup I won’t loose everything 🙂

  4. I always had this problem as well, especially as my last laptop neared the end. But, like you, it always seemed so much effort. Now, however, Windows 8 automatically includes SkyDrive, which makes it so easy to store documents in the cloud without the extra little effort you had to go through with Dropbox or Google Drive, which I’ve both found awkward in their own ways. Now, I only save work to the cloud, so if this computer crashes (which it better not do considering it’s new), I won’t have lost any data at all. I’m also getting an external harddrive soon, so I can have two backups without ever needing to clog my harddrive up with documents that could be lost at a moment’s notice.

    1. Good to know I’m not the only one 🙂 I don’t like Drive and Dropbox much myself. I suppose of the two I prefer Drive over Dropbox. But I’ve decided to make a backup this weekend.

  5. Before I took a trip to Europe last month I bought a backup system and used it. Really, as a writer, there is so much stuff you don’t want to lose. At the very least, email your work or WIP to yourself after each session as a precaution, so that you can always track lost work back to your email.

    1. Great idea. My e-mail saved me once before when my submission happened to be saved on a computer at my parents’ place. Luckily back then, I had sent it to myself.

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