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Backing up your project

Discussion in 'Andy Sneap' started by outbreak525, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. outbreak525

    outbreak525 Member

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    Hey guys. I am in dire need of backing up my projects, just in case a virus hits my PC. But I don't know which files exactly I need to back up onto the external hard drive. Any help?
     
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    Back up EVERYTHING. I create a folder for my audio projects, and subfolders inside that folder with each project. Back up everything or you'll be kicking yourself in the ass if you lose stuff!
     
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    Personally I keep 3 types of backups. A ghost of the base installed OS. A ghost of the OS + drivers and apps installed in stable state. And finally a backup of the data, I keep MD5 sums of every file in a text file in case something corrupts. I keep 2 copies, one at home the other offsite. Swap it out periodically for a more current one. I use Backblaze for cloud backups.
     
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    Forceps John - Spiralcove

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    +1, especially the ass part ;)
     
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    Jarkko Mattheiszen The FU guy.

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    Full HD cloning, dude.
     
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    Wolfeman I Prefer EL-34s. So What?

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    Yes, don't let what happened to me earlier this year happen to you. Backup everything, and at least one backup should be on a completely different drive.
     
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    ^+1 Once a month for OS backup purposes and then separate backups of current projects.
     
  8. outbreak525

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    I guess I just don't know how to go about backing up the files.
    Is there a system that does it automatically, or if you have to do it yourself whattaya do?
    Just copy and paste?
     
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    yup
     
  11. dasreinfeld

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    Hi guys,

    I'm Andrew the community manager at Gobbler. Saw this convo going on and thought I'd drop you a line on some new news!

    We are launching a new plan for users who want to purchase space above the capacity that they have now.* We are starting a sign up here for users who would like to know more as we've been getting A TON of requests from the pro audio community, especially now, as transfers have gotten faster.

    Here's the attached link
    http://mediagobbler.us1.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=8d39153ede7f55eb8296dc3ce&id=75bf150157

    Best,

    Andrew
     
  12. taylor.jolin

    taylor.jolin \m/ the new guy \m/

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    what I usually do is I back everything up like said earlier, however I make a layout of all of my tracks.

    I store all of my presets that were used on that track in the folder and make a spreadsheet documenting what went were on what part for how long. It is a painstaking process but when you loose something you can always get that sound back with notes and presets made.

    most of you have been doin this a lot longer than me though so you probably got a better way of doing stuff.
     
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    Gobbler is pretty bad ass. I'd suggest that as a secondary method as well as a backup HD.
     
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    I would get a big external drive, or a few, it doesn't matter... and back every single file up, and then make sure they are all backed up properly by checking file folder size's on you're hard disk and external. It's what i do and i haven't had any files missing or any errors yet.
     
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    Relying on reported file/folder sizes is counter intuitive and is frankly asking for trouble. The MD5 hash checking is much more of a solid choice.
     
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    @kvoid I did not no that, thanks for the info. Will look into.
     
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    I have dozens upon dozens of external hard drives that I use for backups. I backup everything on all of my business related computers (3 of them currently) weekly onto them... Worked amazingly so far. I have never had a HD failure, but just in case, my business cannot afford to lose anything :)
     
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    How 'bout two physical hard drives in RAID1 configuration? Data is stored on both drives simultaneously and identically, so if one drive dies you have the exact copy... And once you set it up you don't need to do anything (no manual and periodical back ups), it just works in that mode continuously.
     
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    I also want to know the answer to this question, thanks for your reply.
     
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    I didn't think there were any pretty girls who produce music until now ;]
     

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