Just so we're not all business-business-business today, here's a picture of us in Hawaii.
No laughing at my glow-in-the-dark legs, okay? That would be rude, and I want my blog to be a happy place. :)
Without further ado, heeeeere's Jim!
Backup vs. Disaster Recovery - What's the Difference? (And Dawn asks, "Why should we care?")
If you treasure your manuscript anywhere close to how Dawn treasures hers, you should have both a backup copy as well as a disaster recovery plan (in the event of--yes, a disaster).
A good backup and disaster recovery plan should include at least four levels of defense against the unexpected.
Level One - Your original manuscript. You need to be aware of where you are keeping the original manuscript, your precious gem. For example, is it being saved to a hard drive on a laptop? Also, how old is your computer?
Risks to your original manuscript include:
- Power loss if you are not working off a computer such as a laptop that has a battery
- Hardware or system failure: hard drive/computer crashes or you experience a UAE (Unrecoverable Application Error), GP fault (General Protection), or accidental shutdown of the computer (see power loss)
- Accidental deletion or overwriting of a document (We are human, after all...)
- Theft: everything is gone
- This will give you added protection against UAE's, GP and/or accidental shutdown of the computer, etc.
- Allows you to quickly recover and not lose more than five (5) minutes of work (in theory)
- Manually copy your manuscript to another location--preferably a different hard drive or computer.
- Utilize backup software to backup the directory containing your manuscript(s)--I know you have more than one...
- For the more technically savvy, create a script that copies your documents to another location at the click of a mouse. Dawn does this daily to ensure that there is a backup copy on an external hard drive plugged into the main computer - her script name is "dawnstopclickingthis.bat".
- Fire or flooding - both are bad for computers
- Theft - laptops are highly prized and easy to carry off
- Power surges - too much power for the computer is a bad thing just like too much caffeine for Dawn in the morning is a bad thing (for Jim and the dogs!)
- At least once a month, burn a copy of your manuscript(s) to a DVD, CD, or thumb drive and store this in a secure location--preferably a fire proof safe, a safety deposit box, or a physically different location (e.g., a friend's house)
- Ensure you have a surge protector between your computer and the wall outlet
- Obtain personal property insurance to replace your computer and the software (such as Office or Word)
- Complete an inventory of applications and documents that are on your computer
- Develop a plan for replacing your existing computer as well as planned (scheduled) upgrades to your computer's hardware and software (OS)