Officially Backed Up

After the almost-catastrophe of losing my flash drive, several of my readers helped with suggestions on ways of backing up my work should my spaztasticness ever result in loss of all of my writing again.

First, I tried Google docs.  It worked, but it was frustrating.  It took forever to upload all of my documents and my larger documents wouldn’t upload at all.  Not really helpful for backup when I can’t save my MS.  I had to create a new Google Document and copy and paste one chapter at a time.  It wouldn’t save if I tried to do more than one chapter at once.  And it would only let me save half of Twenty-Five in one document, so for both my first and second draft I have two documents: one with the first half, one with the second.  Again, not very helpful and certainly not efficient.

Next I tried Dropbox.  I liked this so much better.  I had to download the program onto my computer, which I didn’t want to do because I hate saving a bunch of stuff on the hard drive, but luckily I have a Mac and it’s still relatively new, so no slow-goings yet.  Anyways.  I was able to highlight all the folders I had on my flash drive and just move them over to Dropbox- no upload required.  It was so fast and I didn’t have to go through and re-create all of my folders from scratch to keep my work organized.  I’m officially in love with Dropbox!

So you’re probably wondering what the picture above has to do with all of this.  Well, it was one of the sample pictures when my Dropbox was created.  I like it.  Too bad I don’t play chess.

In other news- I added a ton of my friends from TNBW to my blogroll.  Check them out!

10 thoughts on “Officially Backed Up

  1. So glad you don’t have to deal with that kind of stress anymore!! 🙂 I guess I’ve always just emailed docs to myself, and I have one flash drive, but I don’t save updates onto it often enough (moron).. 😉

  2. I have to say, the DropBox thing is awesome. I’ve been using it for about 24 hours, and I have to say, much better than the Netbook+USB Stick method I’d been relying on before.

    Thanks to whomever first suggested it. Very helpful.

  3. I prefer storing to a remote server, not that I’m doing that right now. After 2 crashes within a month, you’d think I’d learn. 🙂 But seriously, I do need to back up fast. I hate to think what would happen if I lost my thumb drive. 😦

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