In reading a dissertation manual (albeit, IMO, an outdated one), I came across the advice to keep one’s dissertation-in-progress double-sealed in a Ziploc bag in the freezer. This was advocated to protect the manuscript from theft and fire. How preposterous this sounds to me! I can’t imagine printing out and storing my work in a file cabinet, much less in a refrigerator. Instead, I back up my dissertation in multiple places: hard drive, thumb drive, CD-ROM, web-based file storage. Printing out the document seems pointless and wasteful (save the trees, I say).
But am I naive not to store a hard copy?
Have you heard horror stories about dissertations being stolen, lost, or consumed by fire? To what lengths did you go to preserve your manuscript?