I mention the importance of saving often in Chapter 3, but it's significant enough to bring this topic up again. Computer programs are fickle. One second they'll work just fine — the next... poof. All the work you just toiled away on for who knows how long, gone in an instant. That's why it's imperative that you save, and save, and save. Be obsessive about it if you must; it's better to be obsessive than to regret it later.
On that note, it also doesn't hurt to take your projects and other work and back them up. Much like computer programs, you never know when your seemingly stable computer or hard drive may suddenly die on you.
Again, it's always better to be safe than sorry. Burn your documents to a CD or DVD, or to an external hard drive if you have one. Heck, if you have one of those old-school tape drives, use that. Just think about how happy and relieved you'll feel should something catastrophic happen to your machine. You may have to pony up for a new one, but at least you'll have a backup of your data.
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