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October 09, 2010

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Rob Hudson

This is why Dropbox is so good. Constant mirroring to its servers and to your other PCs. Lose a laptop? change the password.

Alfredo

I'm sorry to hear about your laptop being taken! Yes, it happens. One of my students had her laptop stolen from her house two weeks ago. I'm glad to hear that you didn't lose your work.

If I have internet access, I back up my work by emailing it to myself.

I make sure to include a few keywords in the subject line or in the text in case I need to search for it.

And online storage space won't be a problem any time soon. I've used just 42 MB of the 7057 that gmail allows. :-)

By the way, what is your book about?

Jeannette Paladino

Excellent advice -- and I'd like to add that bloggers should be sure their blogs are backed up, too. I've discovered that even though I use two B/U services my IT consultant found that there were some technical issues with my host company and my blogs were not being backed up properly. Like a car, your blog or website needs a periodic tuneup by an IT pro. So, beware.

Deb  Arnold

Lynn, so sorry to hear about your laptop! What a relief that you had a backup.

I learned my lesson a few weeks ago when an external hard drive took a fatal fall from the desk to the floor. Fortunately I only had a few months worth of data on it, but it was definitely a cautionary tale.

Now my files are backed up automatically using the online service Mozy (www.mozy.com), which runs in the background and updates the backup files whenever I make changes. Easy peasy. Highly recommend.

AND I back up to an external hard drive, just in case.

Allie Casey

Sorry to hear it, Lynn. Like Deb - I use an online service - Carbonite. No worries.

Diane

Sorry to hear about the theft - it happens all the time. A few words of advice:
* Don't leave your laptop in a car or any other place, even in your house, where an onlooker can see it and make a quick smash-and-snatch through a window or door.
* Use Google Docs or another Internet service such as Evernote to write or back up your work. You can e-mail documents to your service for storage anytime, instead of relying on thumb drives, which also may be stolen or misplaced.

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi, everyone. Thank you for your sympathy and excellent suggestions. I hope other writers will heed your advice. I am going to take advantage of an online service because of your suggestions.

Alfredo, thank you for asking about my book. You will not be surprised that it is on a business writing theme. I am keeping the specific topic a secret until the book is ready for people to preorder it. I look forward to the day when I can tell you about it!

Lynn

Alfredo

I see. I look forward to hearing about it.

Matthew Orsini

I think Google Docs is incredible because you can access your documents on any computer anywhere at no charge. I have lost my documents before but thankfully this has mitigated that problem.

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Thanks for your recommendation, Matthew.

Lynn

David Neudorfer

Lynn,

Please check out www.dropbox.com It has saved me from numerous hard drive crashes and I now keep all my documents save my music and photos on dropbox. Hope this helps.

David

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Thanks, David. I appreciate your practical suggestion.

Lynn

external hard drive

You're completely right but backing up all your documents is something you start doing only after getting burned :) No matter how many times people told me to back up my files, I would dismiss them with a smile, until my laptop died and with it all the seminar papers I'v wrote and had to submit in a short time after. I though I'm going to kill myself, I almost thought about giving up and staying at uni another year! Thank god it didn't happen and I manage to finish everything on time, but since, I never save files on my laptop without backing them up on a different device as well!

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