January 27, 2023

Backup saves the day after crime author loses laptop in blizzard

Celebrated crime writer Ann Cleeves turned to Twitter this week, determined for assist.

The explanation? The writer, whose novels had been the inspiration for TV collection like “Vera”, had misplaced her HP laptop computer throughout a blizzard in Shetland.

A laptop computer which contained the half-completed draft of award-winning Cleeves’s subsequent e-book.


Ann Cleeves tweet

Cleeves supplied a reward, instructed BBC Radio Scotland that the laptop computer was in all probability buried “underneath a foot of snow” in Lerwick.

My first thought was – that’s unlucky, I hope she had a backup. And I additionally hoped that Anne Cleeves had secured her laptop computer with a password and full-disk encryption to make sure that something delicate wouldn’t fall into the unsuitable fingers.

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Too many individuals appear to search out making backups of their laptops a chore.

I perceive that it may be a ache to recollect to plug in an exterior drive to repeat your necessary paperwork and images onto, however there are companies like Backblaze and Carbonite which might mechanically backup your information to the web.

And in case you didn’t for some cause wish to go to the expense of a backup-specific answer, you could possibly at all times contemplate saving your helpful information right into a folder that mechanically will get synced with one other system through the cloud – utilizing a service like Dropbox or Google Drive.

Ann Cleeves, thankfully, did have a backup technique of kinds – though one which depends upon the person remembering to take the precaution of constructing a replica of their information. She had emailed the book to herself as an attachment, a couple of days earlier than the laptop computer was misplaced.

Whether or not you’re apprehensive about your pc croaking, malware deleting your information, or just by chance deleting one thing you actually ought to have saved, please be sure you have some form of backup technique in place.

It might prevent plenty of time, tears, and heartache.

Oh, and Anne’s laptop computer? Somebody found it a few days later… albeit barely the more severe for put on.

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