Viruses and the importance of backing upJune 30, 2009
No new word count for me today. When I sat down at my computer early this morning, I discovered that my automatic scan had picked up a virus, a trojan horse, to be exact. Yay! (read that with dripping sarcasm)
So, my story had to wait while I banished the damn virus from my harddrive, and as I’m kind of ignorant about these things, that took a good few hours.
The good thing is, it reminded me to backup my work. I hadn’t backed up the manuscript for my first book since I had finished it. It would have been terrible to lose everything. I shudder just thinking about it.
I also hadn’t ever done a backup of my new book, and that’s 7,000+ words I don’t want to lose.
So, when I saw that trojan horse in my scan list, the first thing I did was get a thumb drive and transfer the most recent files. I got a virus on my computer a few years ago and had to wipe the whole computer. I did manage to save some of my files that time, but it’s something you don’t want to take a chance on.
I don’t backup my work nearly as often as I should, so this should be a good reminder. And, a precaution, don’t backup work to another folder or drive on the same computer. Get a good thumb drive or a few, and/or an external harddrive and backup to that to make sure it’s safe if anything happens to your computer. Backup to all of them, and date your backups, just in case one something goes wrong with one of your backups too.
When I was in college, I started writing my first novel. I got to about 10 chapters or so, then my really old computer had a fatal error and died. The last time I had backed up my novel was around chapter 6 or 7. I never had the heart to re-write what I had lost and didn’t finish the novel. (It wasn’t very good, but that’s another story.)
What’s your worst computer breakdown story?
Write On and Backup!