Friday, June 14, 2013

The Friday Five - Backing Up Your Writing

As writers, we often worry about our writing and losing countless hours of our hard work to various things, such as:  computer crashes, power outages, corrupt data, and the list goes on and on. Here are five ways to make sure that you don’t lose that precious work that you are hoping goes on to win awards.

  1. Google Drive

The first of my cloud choices is Google Drive. I am an avid supporter of Google and have personally used the Google Drive. It has saved my writing life on multiple occasions. I mainly use Google drive to save my blog posts and other writing for the time being. I don’t back up my creative writing at the moment because of some issues with using Scrivener between Windows and Linux based computers. I am eagerly awaiting the day that the Google Drive download becomes available for Linux. One major advantage to Google Drive than other cloud services is the ease of use and the cheap options for storage upgrades.

  1. Ubuntu One

Ubuntu One is my second option for cloud storage. I am currently using it for backing up my own writing. I don’t need larger storage options for backing up my writing with Scrivener at the moment. It is seamless and works well with my Linux Ubuntu system. As long as I don’t have to increase my storage size and can use the free storage option, it is a great cloud option for Linux or windows users. It allows you to use the drive as a local folder which makes saving easy much like Google Drive.

  1. Home Server

The home server option is great for do it yourself computer savvy writers. It is an option that I am currently looking into. I will most likely do this option in the future in conjunction with the cloud options. In some cases, it may be possible to access your home server from anywhere. However, in my case, I am looking for it to be an option for writing while in my home, since this is where I am doing most of my writing.

  1. External Hard Drives

External hard drives are another more common way to back up work. They are, by far, the easiest way to back up your work, though more cumbersome. External hard drives become more easily accessible and cheaper as technology increases. Also, they don’t require internet access, good for writers who limit their internet access to keep distractions at bay.

  1. USB

USBs are much like external hard drives. The sizes become larger and larger with prices dropping much like the external hard drives. They also have the upside of being small and able to be taken anywhere. Their small size make it possible to slip one into their pants pocket or a small nook in a purse. Like the external hard drives, as long as you don’t mind multiple saves, USBs are the way to go.