Posted 11 March 2008 - 04:59 PM
I've been writing a novel for about a year and I have around 96 pages written. It is not much but much of that time has been spent doing research. I have been saving it to a floppy disk. Some time after I began it stopped saving to my hard drive so I just continued saving to the floppy. I keep three copies as insurance. Yesterday I had a notice on my screen telling me the floppy is full; no more can be added. I had done more than 12 hours of writing and if I turn my computer off I will lose that. You see, when I go in to the computer and then to My Documents and then click on the novel, it always asks me to insert a floppy. It is as though it is not on my hard drive.
Last night I attempted to save it to a CD-RW and according to what that program told me, I was successful. But I am unable to bring up the story from that CD-RW.
Today I went and bought a SanDisk Cruzer Micro USB 2.0 Flash Drive. It is a; SDCZ6-2048RB. On the vague instructions that came with it, it appears I don't need to download any software to support it because I am using XP Pro. It goes on to say I don't need to turn my computer off in order to remove the appliance. But it doesn't tell me if I need to turn my computer off to plug it in. If I turn my computer off I lose 12 hours of intensive work. I want to save what is there. Maybe it is somewhere on my hard drive but it just won't appear for me.
1. I want the work to go onto my hard drive. Eventually I will be electronically sending it to my publisher from there.
2. I would like to know if I can insert the flash drive while my computer is running.
3. I have never used a flash drive. What happens when I put it in, and how can I save my work to it?
Additional information: I have two hard drives, C and D. last night I created a folder with the name of the book on the thus far unused D drive. I would like to save the novel to that unused hard drive. I seem not to be getting proper dialog boxes.
This is a very tangled knot to unravel. Is there anyone here with an understanding of this?
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