A few months ago I went to wake up my cute little netbook, it whizzed and whirred and then ZIP, shut itself off. Being the tech savvy gal I am, I had hubby open it up and give it a good clean. I suspected that there was too much dust inside and the fan might be clogged. Sure enough, after a thorough blow-out with the canned air, it started up like nothing had happened.
That is until a few weeks ago, when it did it again.
After another cleaning it again started up and worked great, until this morning. Anyone see a trend here? Looks like my netbook is starting that long journey to the broken computer pile in the sky. Good thing there are two other laptops available for my occasional use. Bad thing is that they are not mine to use freely.
I save all my files for the manuscript both on the hard drive and on a USB flash drive, that is until I started using yWriter – which uses its own system to organize and save files. I haven’t gotten around to finding those to save them to the flash drive as well. Stupid me. I’m lucky enough that the info on the hard drive isn’t damaged and I do have a way to pull it off. But, it will have to wait until I can dissect the hard drive out – something that cannot be done with my children around. (“Hey what’s that? Can I see it? Why are you breaking the computer? You broke the computer!!! [sobbing and screaming]…)
Big lesson: Regularly backup your work externally or to a web service! If it has been a while, do it today. You never know when the cosmic computing forces of the universe will conspire against you, forcing you to work somewhere else.
For more information about backing up data, click here.