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Backup Day, and an Offer to Solve Your Tech Problems

Yesterday was World Backup Day, intended to raise awareness of the importance of backing up personal and archival data. I hope you won’t mind me sending this reminder a day late. The fact is, it’s never too late to back up your data—until it’s too late. Don’t wait until you have a system crash or data corruption: Back up now!

World Backup Day logoIf you missed it, I wrote a series of blogs on using cloud-based storage solutions to keep your writing and other valuable documents safe. Here are links to those articles just in case you haven’t yet set up your automatic backup sync:

This can’t be stressed too much: Back up now! Whatever storage you choose, whatever method you find practical, just do it—and frankly, one day a year is not enough if your livelihood, or at least your precious creations, are stored as bits of data.  Continue reading


Cloud Backup for Writers, Part 3: Using OneDrive

Several weeks ago, I began a series of articles on how writers, many of whom are not naturally technologically adept, could easily put into practice good backup procedures for their valuable documents by using cloud storage. We know we need to make backup copies of our writing files, but we don’t always know the best way to do it, and we don’t want it to be difficult and time-consuming. Right?

In “Cloud Backup: A Brief Primer for the Practicing Writer,” I explained why I think cloud storage is a safe, reliable backup method that writers can easily put into practice. Next, in “Cloud Backup for Writers, Part 2: Using Dropbox,” I showed how you can set up and use Dropbox as an automated backup system for your important writing files. (As a bonus, I also wrote about “When to Use ‘Backup’ vs. ‘Back Up’” for all the grammar geeks out there.)

Microsoft OneDrive logoUp now is a walkthrough of using Microsoft’s OneDrive for automated backup. The delay in getting to this one is a result of Microsoft’s change in its service from SkyDrive to OneDrive, which was announced just as I started on my series. The service is basically the same with a new name, although I guess there are some new incentives built in for extra free storage. The switch to the new name is mostly less complete at this point.  Continue reading

Cloud Backup for Writers, Part 2: Using Dropbox

If you read my last post, you should understand why I believe writers should use cloud storage to back up their writing. However, even if you’ve signed up for a cloud service, you might not be making use all of its features, either because you don’t know about them or you haven’t figured out how to set them up.

dropboxlogoPerforming file backup can be a tedious and, therefore, often overlooked task, even when you recognize how important it is. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just save your writing on your local computer as you normally do, and then it would automatically back itself up to the cloud? Well, that automatic sync feature is something you can do with Dropbox, provided you set it up correctly.

Let’s take a look at using Dropbox and how to take advantage of some of its best features. For these instructions, I’m using Windows 8.1; if you’re using an older version of Windows or a Mac, you might find the screenshots and some of the steps slightly different for you, but generally the principles should work the same.  Continue reading

When to Use “Backup” vs. “Back Up”

I’m working on an article about setting up good backup procedures for your writing files. Of course, as soon as you start writing about backup (which is different from back up), the careful writer can get into trouble—although the problem might only be one of confusing yourself or others by alternating the one-word and two-word spellings. I’ve seen plenty of writers, even—perhaps particularly—on technology websites, get this wrong.

However, there is a difference between the two, and there’s an easy way to tell them apart. As one word, backup, it serves as a noun or adjective:

  • My backup of my files is stored in a secure location. (noun)
  • I have backup copies of my writing in multiple locations. (adjective)

However, if you want to use this term as a verb, you need to use the two-word form, back up:

  • Careful writers back up their files frequently. (verb) 

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