The other day I had some issues with my computer. It’s not a huge problem for me because I know how to take them apart and fix them, or get into the DOS settings and troubleshoot. Since the computer is vital to writers, I felt I’d share some tips that might help you out if you have problems and don’t want to lose your work.
Set your word processor to save every few minutes.
Back up your file to a cloud drive. I also recommend backing up to a USB periodically. I use my Dropbox folder as the My Documents folder on my computer. This way, if I get a crash and need to format or get a new computer, everything is already saved and synced through the Internet.
Dropbox (free) If you sign up via the link, I get more space. If you sign up, you can get more space by getting people to sign up too.
Icloud- (free) If you have an iPhone, you probably already have an icloud account.
OneDrive (try for free) If you use MS Office, you may already have an OneDrive account.
Be sure to have your antivirus software update regularly. This means not only to update ‘definitions’ but also the program itself. Make sure settings scan the computer regularly.
Avast antivirus (free)
AVG antivirus (free)
Install anti-malware. I recommend Malwarebytes or Spybot. You can also install these programs on a USB drive and run a scan from the drive.
Corrupted files. Sometimes with word processors, the file you save gets corrupted.
Make boot discs for your computer. A boot disc helps with fixing problems with the computer with a simple restart of the system. How to do this will depend on the version of Windows you have, and sometimes even the make/model of the computer.
If you have any questions, please leave in comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.