I wish I could say that I always back up my writing each time I sit down to work...but I don't. In fact, before I learned the laptop was experiencing difficulties, my back-up habits were, at best, extremely sporadic. I recently went online to a fellow writer's site and it appears that she recently experienced what we all secretly fear...a crash. So several days ago, I sorted my files into those that were vital and those that are expendable, and I 've been
The problem isn't with the writing files, which are fairly easy to copy over onto a thumbnail. The problem is with my accounting files (which I do in my other-non-writing-life), Quickbooks backups, etc. Those babies take forever to copy and download...at least on my system. Believe me, the last thing I need is to lose a client's files!
But I'm rambling (again). My real issue is a laptop that may be on its way out. It's only a couple of years old. How long are these things supposed to last, anyway? Surely one should be able to stretch three or (gasp) four years out of a piece of equipment. That's the real problem though isn't it? Nothing seems to be made to last anymore.
Well, at least I know what to ask Santa for. And while I'm at it, maybe an external hard drive, too...for backing up the system.