I think everyone knows what that title means: Drive Failure, the F’n Drive Bombed Out – everything is gone. This is a courtesy reminder to all you writers out there, learned from a very recent, painful, deflating experience, back up your drives often.
I made a backup on February 17th. I thought I also made a backup in April, but I can’t seem to find that one. Luckily, since I haven’t worked on any of my novels since then, I have lost nothing there, but it still hurts to lose anything.
What I did lose:
- my KeePass database (no big deal as there is only one password I don’t remember off the top of my head)
- ideas for my blog that I hadn’t yet posted (no big deal)
- four novel ideas that I had documented (slightly painful, but not the end of the world)
- some story starters and writing exercises that I was going to use on my blog (I don’t have time to come up with some new ones, so my two monthly posts will probably go on hold until August – when I have a short vacation from school)
- a finished frame for a future anthology (this hurts, a lot)
- all of my homework from this semester and most from last semester (this hurts, a lot)
- a short story I had just started writing and was about a third of the way through (since this story felt better than anything I had ever written before, and I’m not sure I could repeat it – this is devastating)
What hurts the most is that I debated printing out my short story just a few hours before the Drive Failure. Could have, should have, would have, but didn’t.
So, please, learn from my experience and back up everything you value.