(Yeah, I made a Dungeons and Dragons reference in the title...so? :P )
Regardless of what anyone will tell you,
I don't have a lot of things worth saving at the moment but ,when I do though, I want to make sure that my work is safe in terms of me not losing it to some computer glitch.
I guess, probably, the most safe method would be to write everything out, longhand, and have hard copies lying around. No thanks...my handwriting is wonky enough as it is...especially being left handed. I'm not knocking this method, mind you, I know of quite a few people who still do this and there's nothing wrong with it....it's just not for me. Of course, hard copies could also get destroyed, eaten by a dog, accidentally thrown away, etc., so even that's not a foolproof solution.
At this point, I mainly have two backup methods for my ideas, stories, characters, and the like.
My main being Google Drive, though I know a lot of people use/used Dropbox just the same. Storing things "in the cloud" lets you access it from any computer or device so you don't have to worry about a hard drive crash or any other sort of hardware incident. I really like this method....it syncs between my two laptops and Android and my stuff is always there and waiting. I think it gives you four or five gigabytes for free and you can upgrade to more if you want to pay for the service. When I need my work, I just click on the desktop link and there it is....simple.
My other preferred method is the "jump (or flash) drive, which I really like as well. They're easy to use and you can take them with you. The downside is, as with any other physical item, they can be lost, stolen, destroyed. You can also run into the data being corrupted as well as needing a USB port to plug it into. All in all, though, I find the jump drive to be pretty reliable...the advantage of it being that you don't need an Internet connection, as you do with "the cloud".
|Two of my favorite jump (or should that be flight?) drives.|
What about you?
What do you like to use as far as saving your work goes?
Do you use one of the two methods I described or something even simpler?