A student comes into the library with the crumpled remains of a USB drive that was destroyed by a car / dog / child / garbage disposal. Everything the student has written for the last year (or more) is on that drive and only that drive. The student hopes that we can retrieve something from it. (We can’t.)
Don’t let this be you! There are plenty of free back-up / cloud storage options out there so you don’t have to run the risk of losing your documents. Choose one, choose several, mix and match. Whatever works best for you. But don’t wait till it’s too late.
Some benefits of saving your materials digitally rather than paper-ly:
easily make multiple copies of your digital documents to save in different places