Okay, so, I’m minding my own business. It’s the weekend, the first weekend in months that I don’t have anything going, just forty-eight hours to read and write and relax. Then it happens.
A message appears Saturday morning as I’m checking email. “Your hard drive is failing. Please backup immediately to avoid losing data.”
Ten minutes later. “Your hard drive is failing. Please backup immediately to avoid losing data.”
Twenty minutes later it becomes obvious that my last-ditch effort to backup my data has failed. No reading. No writing. I am in Recovery Mode.
I have a Windows machine, so that means my backup options aren’t exactly straightforward. I have three backup schemes in place: an old backup of all my data from about two years ago on an external hard drive; a cloud backup called Carbonite; and a spotty Norton Ghost that runs sometimes and doesn’t run others. None of them are ideal, but it looks like between the three I am covered, but not without weeks of labor sifting through and reorganizing files. (I can’t convert to the Mac fast enough. )
What backup schemes do you have? Any advice? What has worked for you?
Brian Mercer is the author of the supernatural YA novel, Aftersight (Astraea Press, 2013). He is also co-author with Robert Bruce of Mastering Astral Projection: 90-Day Guide to Out-of-body (Llewellyn, 2004) and The Mastering Astral Projection CD Companion (Llewellyn, 2007). A board member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and senior editor at Author Magazine, he lives in Seattle with his wife, Sara, and their three cats.