Recently, there’s been a spate of viruses out there in internetland. Granted, these happen all the time, but to have it happen twice in 24 hours to people I know?
I start to worry. And when I worry, I gnaw on things. And when I gnaw on things – well, Carrie’s not a happy camper.
So, I’m here to show you a lovely backup system for your documents. This doesn’t have to be just for your manuscript – although it’s perfect for that – but can be for pictures, important files, etc.
First, if you haven’t already, please read through my backup post.For those of you on wordpress, this is a great way to back up your posts, images and all content.
And here’s a second post on how to back up your hard drive . I’m very thorough.
And finally, I’m going to suggest a program called Dropbox. I have it, Carrie has it, a bunch of our friends have it.
What is it?
It’s cloud storage. Eh? You say. Let me explain.
I have a document on my computer, called Perfect Manuscript. I store it in my Dropbox folder on my computer. It’s automatically shot off “into the cloud” – which actually means the monster big servers at Google. Now I install Dropbox on my laptop. When I open my Dropbox folder, what should I see but my Perfect Manuscript file. Cool! So, I make a few changes to it, save it and carry on my merry way. Tomorrow, I get back on my regular computer, and there’s my Perfect Manuscript file – updated. Slick!
I currently run Dropbox on all 3 of my computers. Not only does it allow me to share my file across all computers, it lets me update on any computer, and get the update virtually simultaneously on the other two. I can upload pictures and find them on my laptop in minutes. Simple pimple. Further, if my computer goes down to a virus, my documents are backed up – in the cloud. Safe and sound.
If you’re looking to try out Dropbox, feel free to use this link – http://db.tt/jYOkSr4w. I’ll get referral credits, so I can upload more pictures of the log jam I’ve been working on. =)
Be creative in your writing, but be sure and steady when backing it up.