One of the things I’m now looking forward to about being the Director of Libraries is that Angie, our fantastic Library Secretary, will force me to back up my computer regularly.
My hard drive failed last Wednesday; when I got the callback from our Help Desk, Steve’s first question was “When did you last back this up?” and the first word out of my mouth, muttered away from the mouthpiece, was not polite.
I’m working on rebuilding from old backups (October 2008, anyone?), emailed copies of documents saved in my Sent folder, and general recollection and recreation. It’s a miserable experience, and it’s slowed down my effectiveness and efficiency when I least had any extra effectiveness and efficiency to spare.
So consider this my warning to you: Be Ye Not So Stupid. Back up your files. External hard drives, robust flash drives, and remote storage are all cheap, easy, and will save you the annoyance, self-recrimination, and general irritation of my last week.
Go. Do it.
No, really, I mean right now.