It’d be a terrible shame to lose it.You’ve heard it all before – hardware fails, accidents happen. The question is: what are you doing to protect yourself? How much will you lose if you accidentally rm -rf *, DELTREE *.* or rd /s /q in the wrong place?
For me, it’s a day of work for minor disasters (including hardware failure and accidents).
Fortunately, I haven’t had to. But I can tolerate losing up to a day of work. Depending on my workload and schedule, I can recover (i.e. do the work again) from that kind of loss within a week. That’s acceptable to me.
For major disasters (thieves, fires or meteorites), it’s a month.
I have two external hard drives that I use to back up my music computer. At any one time, one drive is at the studio and the other is off-site (in a different suburb). I switch them every month. For those kinds of disasters, losing up to a month of work – and having to take a month to recover – is pretty acceptable.
As part of my end-of-day ritual, I simply make sure I copy to the backup drive the project folders for any projects that I’d worked on that day. I also copy my vstplugins folder or Cubase preferences if I’ve changed anything in there. I keep it pretty simple; that way I don’t need any special software to read or restore from the drive. Just copy the files and keep working. I don’t bother backing up my system files or applications because I keep that part of my system pretty standard. I can set up a new computer for my studio and have it operational in a day or two. It’d take a pretty severe hardware failure to need a whole new computer though.
I don’t use any online backup services because the project sizes can be pretty huge and the risks is extremely low. Melbourne’s a pretty stable place.
This is a process that I’ve been using for years and I’ve developed it in accordance with my own risk tolerance. But I’m curious:
- How are you backing up your work?
- What kinds of disasters can you survive?
- Are you satisfied with your current approach?
Online backup is something that’s becoming more popular these days. Is anyone here using it? While my approach works for me, I’m always interested to know what other people are doing too.