Please say an easier way to back up.

Driving myself nuts over here. I have one document open ... no.... make that five. Every time I write something, every few paragraphs I'm saving the doc. Then I drag the saved doc's icon from the folder to four other places (two external HDDs plus OneDive plus Google Drive) to drag & drop as a means of backing it up.

I am using Linux Mint "Live CD" (mounted on a USB flash drive) w/o installing it because I have no spare hard drive for the install. My writing program is Libre Office.


  • Just KevinJust Kevin Lulu Genius

    Well I use Windows (7) and only back up to one external HD drive, but using Right Click Copy and Paste, not dragging. But why are you backing up four times? and every time you type something?! Don't you trust your PC? Or the software's Auto backup? I only back up around once a week. Or if I have done a lot of work.

    USB drives are quite slow you know.

    How Do. Pull up a chair. Would you like a cup of tea? Don't sit in that chair!!
  • Everyone has to find the level of risk/security that he or she is comfortable with.  My personal reaction is that facsmth is too worried and Kevin not worried enough.  But to each his own.

    I use a Windows program called Allway Sync.  You tell it what folder(s) you want to back up and set a schedule, anywhere from several times a day to once a month, and it will run automatically (if you set it so).  I recall a Linux utility called rsync that I believe is built into the OS and that might do this.  There are others that you can find with an internet search; one is here.  Much easier than doing backups manually all the time.
  • Just KevinJust Kevin Lulu Genius
    Worried about what? PCs constantly dying? Fortunately they do not.
    How Do. Pull up a chair. Would you like a cup of tea? Don't sit in that chair!!
  • Skoob_ymSkoob_ym Librarian
    I keep three flash drives in my pants pocket at all times. When working on a story, I save it to my desktop and each time I'm done with it, I insert one of those flash drives, change the name of the file slightly, and copy it from the desktop onto that flash drive. I try to rotate flash drives so that I have multiple copies that are all slightly out of sync. Today if my HDD decides to elect a pope, my current works will be saved on flash drive 1. If it also smokes, I lose a little work but have flash drive 2. &c.

    Sometimes I break out the terabyte drive and save everything, current or not.

    You could also write yourself a batch file, on the order of this:

    @echo off

    copy C:\users\%username%\documents\working_files\*.doc e:\backups\documents\
    copy e:\backups\documents\ f:\backups\documents\
    copy f:\backups\documents\ g;\backups\documents\

    : Where E:\ F:\ G:\ etc. represent the drive letters of your various flash drives.
    : to keep from having to rename files or have file name conflicts, you can add a cascade : like this above the  Copy commands:

    If exist e:\backups\documents\This_One_File.14 then del *.14
    If exist e:\backups\documents\This_One_File.13 then ren *.13 *.14
    If exist e:\backups\documents\This_One_File.12 then ren *.12 *.13
    If exist e:\backups\documents\This_One_File.11 then ren *.11 *.12
    If exist e:\backups\documents\This_One_File.10 then ren *.10 *.11
    If exist e:\backups\documents\This_One_File.9 then ren *.9 *.10
    If exist e:\backups\documents\This_One_File.8 then ren *.8 *.9
    : end the cascade with the Copy command, above
    : copy C:\users\%username%\documents\working_files\*.doc e:\backups\documents\
    : Repeat for each drive letter

    substitute the path where you keep your working drafts...

    I used a batch file like this for a system that required the manual syncing of MS Access database files (*.mdb) and it worked quite well overall. You would have to manually run the batch file each time you wanted to back up to all disks, but that would give you 14 backups (each from a different time/date) on each drive for each file.

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