Saving Now Will Save You Frustrations Later
Good writing takes time and effort. The loss of one’s manuscript due to a computer crash can be devastating. Don’t let it happen to you. To prevent this calamity, I have two suggestions:
- Purchase an external hard drive. I use a Toshiba Canvio. It offers 750 gigs of storage and is lightning fast. It can be set up to auto-save just your manuscript or your entire hard drive. It connects to your machine via a USB 3.0 port. It contains no moving parts, and is almost flawless. When I purchased mine I paid about $100. It is now on sale at Staples for $49.99. Staples Deal of the Week. If you don’t have one get one…now.
- Possibly the best option is to use a cloud storage and backup service. For this purpose I use Dropbox. Dropbox Basic accounts start with 2 GB of free space. You can earn more free space in a variety of ways. For example, by referring your friends to Dropbox, you can earn up to 16 GB of additional space.
If you ever run out of space, you can upgrade your account with a monthly or yearly subscription to a Dropbox Pro 1 TB plan. If you’re an organization or group looking to share an even larger amount of space together, you may be interested in Dropbox for Business. As an added benefit it also offers a powerful file sharing service. The service allow you share any file, regardless of file size with anyone with an internet connection.