I got into a discussion about the method of writing the other day and found that I'm really quite archaic. It came about when a fellow writer on livejournal (I say 'fellow' though he's far more successful than me) lost a few thousand words to a crash or a virus or somesuch. In the old days when the internet was clockwork I began writing by having a 'master copy' of the WIP and writing in a seperate file (chapter one, chapter two and so on), adding chapters to the master copy as they were copleted and backing them onto a floppy disk (remember those?).
I still do this now -- write in seperate chapter files, I mean, not back onto floppy discs. Soes anyone else do that, or do you write into one master copy. Perhaps you use Scrivener or a similar writing program (Does anyone use Scrivener for windows? I tried the trial version and fould it didn't save my files properly).
These days my files are backed up online using the free applications Dropbox which lets you share folders over different computers or with friends and acts as a permanent backup accessable from the internet and sugarsync which keeps a live copy of your documents online.
I'm about until lunchtime -- after that I'm down in London (ugh) for the weekend.