"Back up my hard drive? How do I put it in reverse?"
Up until four months ago, I wrote from a vintage Mac G4 Clamshell who I affectionately called Bertie. Expecting a crash at any given moment, DH reminded me to back her up daily. Death came to Bertie by way of a black screen whilst I was on vacation working on a revision deadline.
When I finally stopped crying, we dashed down to the nearest Best Buy, plopped down the credit card, and within a few hours my shiny white MacBook, Bertie the Second, had me back in action.
Lured into a false sense of security, I lowered my back up vigilance.
THE MOST INTERESTING THING I LEARNED THIS WEEK?
Never, never, never forget to back up.
The good news? DH had set my books folder up with Dropbox, so I didn't lose one word. But the hard drive hadn't been backed up since May 28th. Oops.
This means I lost everything on my desktop, which is where I kept all my projects in folders.
And I lost three months of stuff in my mailboxes.
Which is another lesson learned--not all mail servers are created equal.
Comcast stores mail on server for one week.
Gmail stores everything forever.
So what's my point?
Are you ready
For the crash?
I hope so.
Any thoughts? Tips? Suggestions? Horror stories?