As in, computer backups. I have been working on The Elfling lately, and plugging along as well as can be expected. Sunday afternoon I completed chapter 3, saved it to my computer, and went out to enjoy the day.
I came back later and discovered that the entire manuscript of The Elfling had been erased from my machine. When I write, I save my stories with a separate file for each chapter. All three chapters were gone.
Boring techie reason: I have been experimenting with dual-booting my laptop between Ubuntu 10.10 and Windows 7. I was saving my data files to the NTFS partition so they would be accessible to both operating systems. Apparently if you hibernate the Linux OS without unmounting the NTFS drive, it may or may not properly flush the write buffers. If you then access the NTFS partition from Windows, Windows will think it is a corrupt file and helpfully delete it for you. This is the best explanation I have been able to put together based on the minimal research I have done.
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Wake up again, now.
So, here is my question: What backup regimen do you all use? I have looked at Dropbox, but they scared the crap out of me a couple months back when they deleted my entire 80K word manuscript. I was able to recover it, but it made me touchy about using them again. I am hesitant to pay for Carbonite or any of the other backup services, plus I don’t know if they work with Linux or not. My current plan of backing up to a memory stick and another computer “when I remember” is obviously sub-optimal.
Any brilliant plans? Has anyone found the silver bullet for backing up their information?
The good news is that although I ended up having to rewrite chapter 3 (it was gone forever), I did manage to recover Chapters 1 & 2 because they had already been posted to CritiqueCircle for review. I guess I am glad now that I sometimes submit before I should…