This is Jim, Dawn's husband. Dawn asked me to do a short follow-up post reminding you to back up your work.
Here are some ways you can lose your work:
*power surge or electricity outage
*computer viruses (as opposed to human bugs which can slow down your WIP...)
*software or operating system becomes corrupt
*hardware failure - hard drive fails and you can't recover the file
*theft of your computer - 600,000 to a million laptops are stolen each year
*your dog eats your WIP (I'm waiting for this one - our Whippets already have a taste for Netflix DVDs!)
Remember your backup plan should have three levels:
*Level I: Ensure Microsoft Word AutoRecovery is enabled - every five minutes is a good rule of thumb.
*Level II: Create a backup copy of your WIP (and other related files) - back up daily to a different computer or hard drive.
*Level III: Create a disaster recovery copy of your WIP - store in a fireproof box, a safe deposit box, or another physical location.
If that doesn't scare you, imagine the alternative: following your dog around the backyard. Or even worse (?), starting all over again.