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Stop it. Seriously, STOP IT. - Diary of a Necromancer
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robling_t
robling_t
Stop it. Seriously, STOP IT.
Now the relatively new backup flash drive has been acting peculiar. SO cannot take much more computer-related stress right now. I switched it to the other available port on my USB hub when it got stuck just now while transferring files to the point where I had to force-quit the Finder and relaunch, and it seemed to work OK once the computer was restarted, but I've burned a CD anyway, and I suspect I'll go through a few more before I can lay hands on a backup drive to my backup drive...

(And I know flash drives fail. And that they're relatively cheap, so it's Not That Big A Deal in the overall scheme of things. But it's kind of a big deal in this household, especially during the last couple of weeks of December when Mum gets two short paychecks from the holidays instead of a bonus like normal people... Argh. CDs aren't cheap either and I don't want to have to burn a new one after every writing session for fear that the Mac itself is going down next...)

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knitchick1979 From: knitchick1979 Date: December 28th, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
*HUGS*

Might I suggest Dropbox? It's free for up to 2GB of storage and the software sets up a folder right in finder that you can copy files to. It's really easy and it's a great way to back up writing sessions. Once you drop the file in the Dropbox folder, you can access it from any other computer with an internet connection, I used to use it to send files to my desktop before that died.

I'm currently on the hunt for an external drive just for my videos, as a backup to the backup. :) Not an easy task!
robling_t From: robling_t Date: December 28th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
I probably should try that, although that doesn't actually solve the problem that I was backing up religiously to the flash drive in case my internet decided to bite it...
ljgeoff From: ljgeoff Date: December 28th, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Oh, bother! *brings tea to the writer* I have my fingers crossed for you.
robling_t From: robling_t Date: December 28th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
For now, I have *ahem* appropriated Mum's flashdrive {pause to wonder why Mum, who doesn't even actually have a computer, has a flashdrive twice as big as mine on her}, and that backed up no prob just now (in the left-side USB port that the other one was having issues in, so I think that points to drive #1 being the issue not the port), so I shall carry both of those with me on my mad social whirl until I can get the time and the $$ to line up to get to the shop. But in future I think I'm going to have to resign myself to just having 2 or 3 of the damn things on hand and backed-up redundantly at all times, darn it. Ah, technology, making our lives easier..
51stcenturyfox From: 51stcenturyfox Date: December 28th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Ugh, that sucks and I feel ya... I had computer problems earlier this year.

I write in google docs, so everything's online. Not handy if your internet connection goes out, but you can email them to yourself.
robling_t From: robling_t Date: December 28th, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Not handy if your internet connection goes out

Which is, LOL, part of the reason I keep the backups on my person at all times... (Well, that and the fear that the house might burn down and take the cd backups with it.)
orpheus42 From: orpheus42 Date: December 30th, 2009 11:03 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Having just experienced a house fire that destroyed both my laptop and my external hard drive I was using for backup, I applaud this move on your part.
robling_t From: robling_t Date: December 30th, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Oo, yeah, I saw your entry about that, hope you're able to piece your life back together after a thing like that -- I've always had "what if the house burns down" as this nagging thing in the back of my head, maybe because Mum's a visual artist so there's that what would you grab sense drilled in from living with that background, and especially after the last flat in the building full of idiots I would go absolutely nuts if I didn't always have offsite backups squirreled away somewhere or other, even if it's graduated a bit from floppies in the glovebox... It feels like living in a refugee mindset, sometimes, but there's a certain peace of mind in sorting what's your absolute go-bag of irreplacables. I'm lucky in that as someone who works with words my life is squishable into something as small as a flashdrive, I guess -- even my knitting is ultimately utilitarian enough to be done again, at need, but losing everything I've written is what would send me over the edge, I think. (I mean, time-before-last the Mac was in the shop I didn't have recent enough backups, as far as I knew, and for my own peace of mind I ended up writing out one of my unfinished current projects in longhand from medium-term memory just to be sure I didn't lose the bit that hadn't been posted yet if the worst happened...)
khavrinen From: khavrinen Date: December 28th, 2009 10:48 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
I have an old USB drive I can send you, and a stack of blank CDs that I haven't touched since I got a computer with a DVD burner ( but am too much of a packrat to throw out ), if you'll email me a mailing address.

Just put my user name in front of gmail.com .
owensheart From: owensheart Date: December 29th, 2009 08:47 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Oh dear you really are having a hard time with your PC, i can understand as we have had lots of problems with ours tow of said computers just refused to switch on one day, GRRRR

I feel for you girl I really do.
robling_t From: robling_t Date: December 30th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
And if I could even get my life to a point where I had two of them to worry about... {sigh}
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