You cannot underestimate the importance of file backups as a writer. Your words are your livelihood. You treasure them and sell them to make money. They are essentially little nuggets of gold. It is therefore vital that you keep your words, or golden nuggets, whichever way you want to look at them, safe, secure and always on-hand.
Chances are, you already have programmed your chosen word processing application to automatically save your documents to cloud storage. While this is a simple and convenient way to back up your files, it’s not without its risks. Cloud storage services can be unreliable. If the system requires maintenance or is hacked, you will be locked out of your account and, ultimately, unable to access your files. Not an ideal situation for a writer with deadlines.
The solution: An external hard drive.
External hard drives are portable, easy to use and, best of all, don’t require a subscription fee. You can purchase external hard drives with as much as 8 terabytes (TB) of storage, however, the average writer will only need 500 gigabytes (GB). With a hard drive of this size, you can back up around 100,000 6-megapixel digital photos. In other words, you will not run out of storage space if the bulk of your files are word processing documents.
To put it simply, the external hard drive is the gadget every writer needs to keep their words safe and secure, wherever inspiration may hit. I don’t know where I would be without mine. My work is now safe, secure, and backed up in three separate places (one off-site). I do not have to worry about it, even for a second – that feeling is invaluable to me.
What is your must-have gadget?