Today I lost a 250 GB hard drive. It’s the external USB drive I carry with me every day for backups at work. I also had 3 years worth of emails on Thunderbird Portable on it so I can do my email from computer to computer. I had a few Chinese operas on it, as well as backups of every web site I ever did.

Unfortunately, fortunately.

I have a series of these drives, 5 in fact, (now 4), plus my home and work computers. All my files are redundant on at least 3 drives, just in case. The two largest drives I keep plugged in only just long enough to copy files to them. I do my best to make sure I never lose any data. In this case, I did lose about a week’s worth of email. But that’s about it.

I try to backup my email often,I actually had a more recent backup of email on the same drive that died. Just in case. (Fern, could you please, please resend me any links you emailed me since Sept 5?)

This web site keeps everything together as well, all the little bits of information, the videos, the photos, the translations, the impressions. It really is yet another backup come to think of it.