In today’s digital world, handling hard drives has become more and more important. If you have poor data management, you’ll likely lose important stuff.
And when it comes to DAW’s, that’s actually pretty easy to do. As you probably know, you’re using several different types of files that may or may not be automatically saved in a single location (depending on your DAW and the settings of that DAW).
So the first step is having good file management, which we’ve talked about a good bit over here.
Once you’ve got that, then you’re going to need to know how to handle your hard drives.
First, you’ll need to make sure that you’ve got the correct dedicated drives. As we’ve mentioned before (as does just about every audio blog on the planet), you’ll want a separate hard drive for your audio projects.
What many of them don’t tell you (that they probably should) is that you need another drive dedicated as a backup drive.
Depending on how important your projects are, you might need two or three backup drives. But you can usually get away with just one backup drive.
How should you handle this drive? That’s what we’ll be going over today.
You need to set a schedule for backing up that you stick to. If you’re doing a lot of work every day, you might want to do this daily. If you’re not, weekly is usually an acceptable time frame.
Once you determine how often you’ll be backing up your hard drive, you’ll want to create a good file structure on your backup drive. You don’t want to have the same data on it twice, which is easy to do if you’re backing up the same file twice or more.
To avoid this headache (and to avoid filling up your drive way too quickly), you should mirror your current drive’s setup. Allow files to overwrite old files so that you can continue to keep your two drives as close to each other as possible.
The other important thing to keep in mind is storing your backup drive. It is a good idea to keep it somewhere safe and away from the main drive. That’s so if your main drive get’s ruined, you don’t lose both of them and still have your data somewhere safe.
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