Backup Applications

Backing up and archiving your data is extremely important. When you consider how much time you put into your work, and how large your files can be, regular preventative system maintenance is much less painful than re-creating a session or project. In digital audio and video production, we rely on our systems to the point that data loss can be devastating. No matter how well you treat your system, you cannot guarantee your data will be safe if it exists in only one place.

A backup is a copy of your data in a separate place from the original, such as a hard drive, tape, DVD or CD. Many audio engineers backup their work at the end of the session or on session breaks. Programs such as Retrospect and Carbon Copy Cloner allow you to keep track of what has been backed up, and what hasn't. At a glance you can see when the last backup occurred, and what files were copied. As you continue to record, edit or add new files to your working drive, continue to back up that data by running the backup program again. Time Machine, built into Mac OS X, simplifies this process. Simply identify a drive as the Time Machine backup drive, and each time you connect it to your computer, Time Machine will back up your files.

Trust us. You're going to want to back that up.

You may also consider backing up your data on separate hard drives. The working drive and backup drive can be the same capacity, making it easy to keep your files organized on both drives. Some clients are using our tabletop drives as the working drives, and using our portable drives for backup. They can be used for an off site copy, client copy, or simply a safety copy to put on the shelf.

Tape has historically been used for longer term backup because it is more likely to survive an accidental drop than a hard drive. Recovering data from a hard drive is not easy, but is sometimes necessary. Glyph offers first level data recovery for free within the first two years of warranty.

Optical media may be the most robust for long term archiving. Optical media, like DVD or Blue Ray, provides more cost-effective options for restoring your data. Like tape, hard disk drives are magnetic devices. Just as tape can exhibit dropouts or degaussing, a hard drive can crash or have bad sectors and irreplaceable data can be lost forever, unless it has been backed up. The best practice is to regularly back up your projects to a medium that you have the best access to, and over longer periods of time archive your data to devices stored in an off-site location. Optical media offers a longer shelf life than tape, and CD/DVD/Blue Ray readers are common, therefore you have a very good chance of restoring from a backup.

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