October 06, 2006

I Need a Thumb Drive.

I at least need to create a backup backup of my murder mystery files (say, 250 pages in 30 different documents [including character studies, outlines and the like]).

If I add my other fiction/essays/fiddle faddle to it, that could well be another 250 pages, in a similar number of files.

So how small can the jump drive be? Can someone convert that amount of text into a ballpark number of megs for me? You know how I hate dealing with figures . . .

Posted by Attila Girl at October 6, 2006 09:36 AM | TrackBack

Hm. Now that I've written that, I realize that my computer is telling me the exact size for each file. They appear to run 30-75 megs apiece.

Still, there has to be a fast way to figure this out that will take someone else five minutes--and me, 30.

Posted by: Attila Girl at October 6, 2006 09:43 AM

If you put all the files in one folder, just right-click on the folder and select "Properties." That'll tell you how many megs the folder takes.

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Posted by: I R A Darth Aggie at October 6, 2006 11:46 AM

Check out Edge Tech.

They have some decent size flash drives. I have their 1 GB watch. Works great, looks great and keeps good time.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at October 6, 2006 02:51 PM

Rather than a "jump drive", why not just burn a CD? Cost you about 35 cents instead of hundreds of dollars.

Posted by: clyde at October 6, 2006 04:37 PM

What ever you do keep it off site. It is no good to have a complete backup if the house burns down or a thief steals all of it.

I like the CD idea and flashdrive. Daily backup to the flash drive of only the files that have changed. Weekly back ups to CD and monthly backups off site.

Remember how much work went into writing you novel and how hard it would be to reproduce and you will quickly see the logic to this idea.

Posted by: Jack at October 6, 2006 07:36 PM

Just do what I do. E-mail copies to all your friends.

Begging them to read it and praise you is not necessary, but that's how I do it.

Posted by: Jeff Harrell at October 6, 2006 07:48 PM

I think they should praise me for it, sight unseen. After all, how could it be anything but stellar?

Posted by: Attila Girl at October 6, 2006 09:13 PM

I suggest marketing your book the same way. If I send in my money, I should be happy knowing I touched brilliance--what's the point in seeing it? Why limit infinite possibilities?

Posted by: Darrell at October 7, 2006 09:11 AM

I agree with the commenter that said to put all your files in a single file and check the size. We would need a lot more information to make an informed guess(like the actual program being used to create the document). With 1GB flash drives approaching $20 at discounters for top brands, why fret? It looks like you might need 3 Gigs, for safety...BTW, You can compress the document and send to a gmail account for the cheapest offsite storage...

Posted by: Darrell at October 7, 2006 09:32 AM

I got a small jump drive yesterday, and starting copying files last night.

I wasn't willing to pay for an officially Mac-compatible drive, so it didn't like some of my long file names--but that was easy enough to change.

The main thing is to have all the chapter drafts and character sketches--that is the stuff it would kill me to lose.

I also like the idea of keeping some of it off-site; I'll probably burn a CD and take it to my mom's place for now, but I do want to look into online storage.

Posted by: Attila Girl at October 7, 2006 10:55 PM

There's x-drive: 5 GB free. I put all my pics on it for safekeeping. They also have a program to make your online storage appear like just another hard drive on your computer.

Posted by: Sean Hackbarth at October 8, 2006 10:58 PM

Oh, Sean: you are the man.

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