Are you backing up your stories?

Hard disks and thumb drives fail. Cloud services can lock or remove your files without warning. There is no single safe location for your data!

What if Google had locked away your Nano for “terms of service violation”? Would you be able to continue writing it? Would you be able to get back what you had already written?

So make sure to put it in at least places. As for me, I keep my active Scrivener project on my laptop, and occasionally copy it to a thumb drive. For backup, I have Scrivener configured to automatically back up my projects to Dropbox (this is a referral link that will give us both an extra 500MB if you sign up through it). (I used to also have an entirely separate computer that, daily, would copy everything in my Dropbox off to another hard drive. Unfortunately that one is offline right now – a hard drive failed – which just proves the importance of backing up your files!) With this setup, I always have the last 5 versions of my story stored in the cloud, in addition to the active project on my laptop; if one or the other fails, I’m still good!

I’m not saying “don’t use the cloud”. By all means, if you want to write your story on Google Docs, go for it! Just make sure that you download a copy of it somewhere else, just in case.

Happy writing!

Hard disks and thumb drives fail. Cloud services can [lock or remove your files](https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/zmz3yw/why-is-my-google-doc-locked-terms-of-service-bug) without warning. There is no single safe location for your data! What if Google had locked away your Nano for "terms of service violation"? Would you be able to continue writing it? Would you be able to get back what you had already written? So make sure to put it in at least :two: places. As for me, I keep my active Scrivener project on my laptop, and occasionally copy it to a thumb drive. For backup, I have [Scrivener configured to automatically back up](https://kromey.us/2013/11/backing-up-your-stories-with-scrivener-and-dropbox-599.html) my projects to [Dropbox](https://db.tt/IaynkN3v) (this is a referral link that will give us *both* an extra 500MB if you sign up through it). (I used to also have an entirely separate computer that, daily, would copy everything in my Dropbox off to another hard drive. Unfortunately that one is offline right now -- a hard drive failed -- which just proves the importance of backing up your files!) With this setup, I always have the last 5 versions of my story stored in the cloud, in addition to the active project on my laptop; if one or the other fails, I'm still good! I'm not saying "don't use the cloud". By all means, if you want to write your story on Google Docs, go for it! Just make sure that you download a copy of it somewhere else, just in case. Happy writing!
Are you backing up your stories? - Kromey 1:15 p.m. Nov 4 '17
Well, I am NOW. LOL - KatlynnTay 10:04 p.m. Nov 8 '17
Yup, they have no obligation to you - Kromey 10:18 a.m. Nov 10 '17