Question: When was the last time I backed up to my external hard drive?
Answer: Too long ago.
Reason. Our lives have been even more than the usual chaos lately. Our water slowed to a trickle and for over 2 weeks we were down to the bare minimum of water (no laundry, no dishwasher, 1 minute showers). The crews for fixing stuff like that are awesome here - but it was February & we were one of over 200 homes on the wait list. Too many -40 degree days this year and shutoffs and pipes were breaking everywhere. Also, we still have mounds of snow and frozen soil to deal with. *sigh* Add to that, we had a leak issue in an upstairs room and while fixing it decided to replace the floors too as that was on the plan for summer. Of course, that's where the external hard drive lives (we don't have an office/den). So, it's been virtually inaccessible for a while. I did a back up around Christmas.
BEFORE I started the rewrite of my NaNo novel. The rewrite I'm pretty happy with.
But, I use Mozy. Free online storage. Perfect.
Except Mozy and Scrivener do not appear to get along very well. Each scene & file is restored as a separate file. Each has to be opened separately, then copied and pasted into a brand new Scrivener file.
All 200+ files for this novel. None of which are saved with the name of the file. Nor are they in order.
Thankfully I'd compiled the entire document recently and found this using Mozy as well. MUCH easier to copy and paste each scene from there into the new Scrivener. It may not have every last change I've made, but it's not from too far back either.
I also use DropBox which (apparently) syncs writing automatically. But it appears I didn't add my new NaNo novel to the list, therefore I can't testify to whether or not it works.
1. I'm an idiot
2. I need to be more aware of keeping DropBox up to date
3. I need to not be complacent about my back ups!!
4. I'm an idiot
(We still have a bit of snow.
The blue stake in the front is where the water break was.
Come on Spring!!)
So, do me a favour, back up your writing Right Now! Go!!!