It was at this moment that I almost got very sad. Note that I said ALMOST.
I keep 3 types of data backups. That's right... three.
- I use a mirrored hard drive configuration to protect against hardware failure.
- I use Windows 7 Ultimate and take advantage of the "System Protection" options which keeps "Previous Versions" of all my files.
- I use Carbonite - Just in case of Fire/Flood/Theft etc.
I've never had to fall back on Carbonite, but it makes me feel a lot better knowing that it's there. I have done some test recoveries from Carbonite and they've all worked well.
Today, I was able to use the "Previous Versions" option in Windows 7 to recover a working copy of my Illustrator file and that made me quite happy.
If you're not using a data backup solution, I highly recommend that you start! There are plenty of easy ways to keep you files backed up... Don't wait until it's too late!