I’m using my qualifying exams as a test-run of my dissertation backup plan. Having heard umpteen-million horror stories of losing both print and electronic dissertation drafts, and having written novels in file formats that no longer exist and further exist on only floppy disks (for reals–I know), I’ve pondered this issue for awhile.
Here is my current backup plan:
- obsessively: click control-S to save as I’m typing
- several times a day: Time Machine is set up to backup everything on my Mac
- at least once a day: save quals documents to my Dropbox account (it’s free!)
- at the end of each day: email them to my gmail account
- once I’m completely, finally done: email, Dropbox, and print final copy
Not that I’m obsessive or paranoid. I have this vision of myself at age 120 (I’ve decided I’m living at least that long, a subject for a future post), muttering, “better safe than sorry.” And then I go yell at those kids who keep hoverboarding over my lawn.