kewms wrote:rdale wrote:I've helped too many people who've lost data with cloud services to entirely agree with this. The speed with which a corrupted copy on one cloud-connected system will overwrite all other copies is quite impressive, and reverting a complex object like a Scrivener project is far from easy, no matter what the marketing materials say.
This actually happened to me just before the holiday. I was working at home with an approaching deadline, did a decent amount of work on the file and bang, a sudden power cut whilst I'd got an open project. Power outages aren't very common around here so I' ve never bothered with a UPS. However once the power came back I realised that the project was broken and corrupted and then the penny dropped that DropBox had been syncing in the background whilst I was trying to sort things out. Needless to say I now had two corrupted files.
Fortunately I had a backup elsewhere. One was on the Airport Disk, the other was on the hard drive which does have a Time Machine backup. A lot of faffing around and I had a workable project but I'd lost enough work to be a hindrance.
Could have been much worse and I've always taken the view you can't have too many backups, but spread them around as long as you know where you're putting them.
I learnt that lesson some years ago from a final year student approaching his project. He used Zip disks (yes it was some time ago) and religiously backed up to another Zip disk. All his fieldwork recordings and project notes were there all religiously backed up. What could possibly go wrong?
He kept both disks safe in his bag until one night the bag got nicked whilst he was in the Union bar....