I adopt a belt and braces approach to everything.
- It’s rare for us to run out of the essentials: coffee, loo rolls or alcohol. I overstock.
- I subscribe to an online Backup service so I can rest easy knowing I can access my files from any machine, anywhere in the world.
- I set up Auto-save … and Automatic Backups … on all software.
And then the MacPro died while we were on holiday.
- What did I lose? About 6 hours work on a Red Pen Editing Tutorial: Point of View.
- Why? Not because I hadn’t put on my belt and braces …
As with all software, Scrivener offers both an Auto-save option and automatic backups. Access these via Scrivener / Preferences.
It opens on the General tab, and ‘Saving’ is item 2.
On the ‘Backup’ tab, there are also three options.
This all seems perfect, except that my online backup only backs up files when I have Internet access and, on that day, I had none – which meant I did no research, didn’t post on Facebook or check my Twitter feed. I just wrote and wrote and wrote.
At the end of that day, I had a dead MacPro. When it’s mended, I might be able to retrieve something, but the POV Editing Tutorial was scheduled for 18/20 January and I didn’t have the time to wait for Apple to mend my laptop.
- Prepare my tutorials even earlier in advance.
- Make sure I have Internet access …
- Don’t go on holiday?
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