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When was the last time you backed-up your work?
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ewomack
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You seem to have a more rigorous backup plan than most people I know, especially since you keep a copy "off site" at your parents, which really cuts down on your risk of losing files. So it sounds like you're doing fine. I keep 4 backups, all to separate USB drives. I simply copy all of the files to these drives periodically by just clicking and dragging. I hope that my webhosting company also keeps backups, which they claim to.

The lesson about backups is a hard one to learn. I luckily learned it vicariously from a friend who one day lost all of his files. I started backing up that same day and I've never stopped. But I could do more...
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I currently burn stuff to DVD, as well as upload it to Amazon's S3/Glacier storage. I don't do it often enough though--I've kind of gotten lazy since I started working traditionally, since "I've got a backup on paper!" >_<
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, what a great thread to remind us all of this!

For a few years I have been making sure I back up everything important on my computer every month. Each month I copy all my new/altered files since my last backup onto a set of five DVD-RW discs. On the sixth month I backup everything onto a set of DVDs or an external hard drive.
However, I have been trying to change my method. My brother has a NAS set up at his house and I am trying to FTP into it and update everything. I really would like some suggestions for a program that could do that for me automatically.

However, it does occur to me that I have done nothing to back up my site, and while I do still have all the comic pages, I don't have any backup arranged for comments and such. I should look into that...

ALSO, the actual files from which I create my pages are all duplicated into another folder on my computer. This is so that if I ever do something stupid like save the file after I merge all the layers or delete certain portions I still have a copy I can fall back on. Thank goodness I have this, too. I went back last week to look at one of my old pages and I found that I had done exactly that; I had deleted a whole quarter of the page while making the final composite that was displayed online. Thank goodness I had that older backup.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 12:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use CrashPlan, which is pretty awesome, and if you're just backing up to a local disk or a friend's computer, free. I run backups both to my husband's computer and pay for the cloud service off of it, and it's saved my butt a couple of times when I've accidentally overwritten something (yay, versioned backups!), plus my husband's butt quite recently when his hard drive died. And it's basically brainless -- just install and leave it to run -- which when you have as few braincells as I do to go around is a plus. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 5:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I backs up my files on a daily bases on both an external hard drive and a flash drive.
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pdonz2



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I back-up my art files monthly to an external hard drive, but I should probably do more than that for my online stuff...
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Bill Murphy



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a 2GB USB stick that I quickly save every comic once it is completed. It just sticks right in my USB port so it is quick and easy to use.

I have a 300GB external hard drive that I back up onto every so often. (I'm doing it right now thanks!)

I also back up my comics onto my smartphone's SD card. This way if something was to happen while I wasn't home, my phone will still be with me.

I don't use "The Cloud" because it's new and new stuff scares me...
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Lady Tygry



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Copied over to our file server during any uploads. All computers in the house are backed up nightly.
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vaslittlecrow



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I back up every single damn day. Both to an external drive and a remotely hosted service. My sites are backed up twice a week.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I back up over my local network and my system automatically backs up all important files to Google Drive.

IMO, it's insane not to use a cloud storage backup nowadays. They're dirt-cheap and back up all your work off-site.
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