In previous posts, I described my methods of backing up writing, music and photographs. As I pointed out in those posts, I’m fanatical about backing up work, using a mixture of cloud storage and portable devices such as USB memory sticks and Recordable CDs.
Here’s the original list:
- SkyDrive – Windows Live (for Hotmail users)
- Google Docs (for Googlemail users)
- Zoho Docs ( for Zoho users)
- Inbox.com storage features
I forgot to mention the excellent photo sharing site Flickr, which is free like the others. I’ve also starting using Google’s Picasa, another free photo sharing site.
Online storage is great, of course, but it’s still important to back up work to portable devices. Recently, I’ve taken this a step further. Instead of simply uploading a photo or document, I create monthly folders and rename documents so I can keep all my work.
For instance, my portable devices contain my novel writing files, along with folders for my photographs and the classical piano pieces I recorded last year. One of the sub folders is titled New Folder. This contains back ups of my blog posts. New Folder 2 contains all the writing files, along with copies of my photographs, blog posts, piano pieces and additional photo files.
I also rename my writing files to avoid overwriting previous files – e.g. First Novel.doc might become First Novel Scene in Pub.doc or Email Disclosure.doc
Admittedly, I find the repetition confusing at times, but like I said earlier – I’m fanatical about backing up work.