Backup: A horror tale

This is the horror tale promised in the last post. It all started because I have this mania which doesn’t let me turning off the computer while there is a project in progress. Even after calling it a day, I’m most likely to let the computer on so I can have immediate access to all reference and working files the next day.

One of these days, I was working late in order to get a project completed on time, but decided to get some sleep. So, as usual, I left it all as it was and went to bed. The other day, early in the morning, I woke up and went back to work.


Then I had the terrible surprise: during the few hours of sleep I had, the computer shut down by itself. Ok, there should be no problem because I had saved my work, right? NO. The shutting down closed my CAT tool incorrectly and this caused it to crash. The crashing didn’t affect the software itself, but affected my project, which now wouldn’t work.


Because it was so early, I had to wait for a couple of hours until I could contact the CAT tool support team. In the meantime, I did everything I could in order to restore the 18K translated words I had lost. Fortunately, the support guy was able to quickly tell me what I should do to solve the problem.

I should deliver the project in the next day and there were another 8K left for translation. I can’t imagine what I would have to do if I wasn’t able to get access to the partially translated file. Obviously I would need to ask for an extension but that was not the best option given that the deadline was so close.

Since that day, I don’t work without a backup solution in place. Are you convinced that neither should you?

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