September 25, 2023

Backup saves the day after crime author loses laptop in blizzard

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

The rationale? The creator, 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.


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Cleeves provided a reward, informed 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 improper palms.

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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 essential paperwork and images onto, however there are providers like Backblaze and Carbonite which may routinely backup your knowledge to the web.

And for those who didn’t for some motive wish to go to the expense of a backup-specific answer, you possibly can at all times contemplate saving your precious knowledge right into a folder that routinely will get synced with one other gadget 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 consumer remembering to take the precaution of constructing a replica of their knowledge. She had emailed the book to herself as an attachment, a number of days earlier than the laptop computer was misplaced.

Whether or not you’re fearful about your pc croaking, malware deleting your knowledge, or just unintentionally deleting one thing you actually ought to have saved, please ensure you have some sort of backup technique in place.

It might prevent numerous time, tears, and heartache.

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

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