Gee, can anyone tell I’m mooning around the house waiting for my new laptop to arrive? My husband has already asked me to stop talking about it for the weekend
Backing up has been naturally on my mind as I transition files from an OS 9 Mac to a OS X one. It’s not at all a new thing for me; I have done transitions from different computers, different operating systems, and different programs for many years now. The key is:
Plain text is your friend.
You can dutifully backup all the files you were supposed to, and still get caught in the incompatibility trap. This won’t happen with current files. But what about your old ones? Do you have important past work, or notes for future projects, sitting around in various different kinds of files? Not saved in plain text, but in their proprietary versions?
It could be a problem waiting to happen. Most of the time, you can go back years or upgrades later and still access them like you used to. And most of the time, a hard drive will spin along for years. But when it doesn’t, it’s lamentation time.
I have a novel that has gone through three different computer systems and is still intact. Sure, I might have lost some italics, but I’m happy to know that when I want to revamp it or use it in another project, it’s there. It’s now resting comfortably in Scrivener.
Keeping your files also means keeping your files accessible.
Currently, I’m backing up frequently updated works online. Since I have a website with plenty of room, it’s easy for me to open and FTP program and synchronize it. I’ve also started weekly backups on DVD-Rs since they have so much room. Anyone written multiple times to a DVD? Had any problems? This is new to me, but I’ve retired my Zip disks for good.