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Backing up your system – a must! February 23, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digital home recording studios, Project Studio, Studio Setup , trackback

Making a backup of your files is of critical importance in the audio world.  Hard drives crash all the time, and losing a client’s (or your own) project files can be disastrous.  Not only can you lose time and money, but you also lose reputation and credibility.

If you are using a desktop, its a good idea to install an extra SATA (or similar) drive and periodically (daily) backup your system.  At the end of your session, just drag the project folder to the drive (simple and easy).

Another option (this works for laptops too) is to have an additional external hard drive to use only for backup.  Just follow the same procedure as with an internal drive (back up at the end of the day).

For my setup, I use Carbon Copy Cloner. (Available here for free, with donations recommended).  This is a great program for formatting, copying, and general care of drives.  At the end of every day, I just clone new files from my audio drives onto my backup drives.

Another good option is Apple’s Time Machine. However, make sure its not set to “auto” backup, as a backup starting while you are recording can clog your system’s resources and give hard drives errors.  Just set it to manual, and engage the backup when its convenient.

Don’t choose to not backup simply because you’ve never had a drive crash.  This is a BAD idea.  Whether you are doing audio professionally or as a hobbyist, making sure your material is safe is extremely important.

If you need suggestions on an efficient backup for your system, let us know in the comments and we can help you out.

With the speed and efficiency of modern drives, I would recommend backing up every day, and ever


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1. Niko Matiz - April 5, 2009

I use PT daily, but since ive never had a hard drive crash i back up to my external USB every month or so, this is because my hard drive is very very slow. Ive been looking to buy a good hardrive but really dont know where to go…
any suggestions??

should i really get a 7200 rpm?
help me out …thx


2. ConnorSmith - April 5, 2009

Just get a drive from a reputable brand. Maxtor, Western Digital, Seagate, etc.

Definitely get 7200 rpm. And I would definitely suggest backing up at the end of every work day (if not during your breaks as well). Once a month backups are very dangerous.

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