Monday, 21 July 2008


So when I reinstalled Windows, apparently I deleted two folders: my "Unsorted" folder (no biggie) and my writing folder.

This is why I need a back-up on CD or DVD or email or somewhere! I have my NaNoWriMo novellas backed up on email, but apart from that... nada. My stories from 15 years ago, everything I've ever written for Chaff, stories for competitions, for writing courses, for fun, story ideas, poems, songs, everything... gone.

I can't believe I did that.

Thankfully, my wonderful boyfriend is now running a file recovery programme, which should find most files. But I can't believe how close I came to losing them all. I've been waiting till my "Unsorted" folder is sorted out to do a proper back-up: I think the time is past for waiting for that kind of thing. I'm going to do a proper back-up now.

Well, not now, because I'm tired, but definitely tomorrow. Or if I can't find a blank CD or DVD tomorrow, definitely the few days after that....


Kerryn Angell said...

Oh my gosh!! Back up NOW!

That is a writer's worst nightmare. Thank goodness for techie boyfriends!

Rachael King said...

Unfortunately this happened to me - my hard drive crashed. Luckily it was before I had written anything decent! Luckily, all my short stories were safely on the Zoetrope site. Luckily, I always print stuff out, so my sad early attempts at novels are still on paper somewhere.

But now i back up at eth end of every day! It used to be a pain to do but now with those little stick drives it's easy peasy! They now only cost about 25 bucks and they slip easily into bags or pockets or desk drawers. Much easier than CDs etc.