Back Up

At the risk of stating the obvious: Back up your files! Make a schedule for creating a back up of your work. It can be weekly, but for your own sake make it daily when you are in the process of writing. There is nothing worse than re-writing things that you had already written down!

Make sure you also back up all your notes, scanned articles, drafts, outlines and writing of course.


Storage Devices

  • Most of us already have this, if you don’t, please go and buy a nice flash drive.
  • Do not rely solely on your flash drive. They do get corrupt/lost/destroyed. Have a secondary memory device that you back up to every now and then.
  • On your space on the SOAS server (My Documents in your SOAS account).
  • SOAS servers are unfortunately not always reliable! I would not recommend working on a file that is open from the network. It has happened (to me also) that the network hangs and up and the file you are working on crashes. Better to have the document on a USB memory device and then once you are done save a copy on the SOAS server.
  • Simply create an email for back up. Since the email already has the date embedded, in the case of writing that is in constant progress, you know exactly which one is newer and older.

Online

  • On your space on the SOAS server (My Documents in your SOAS account).
  • SOAS servers are unfortunately not always reliable! I would not recommend working on a file that is open from the network. It has happened (to me also) that the network hangs and up and the file you are working on crashes. Better to have the document on a USB memory device and then once you are done save a copy on the SOAS server.
  • Simply create an email for back up. Since the email already has the date embedded, in the case of writing that is in constant progress, you know exactly which one is newer and older.

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