I’m shocked by the amount of my musican friends who don’t back up their data.
If you’re recording demos, jams, riffs, beats, rhymes, lyrics, ideas, thoughts, and anything else that is cool, temporary, and digital then you should be backing up your data. Losing a Pro Tools session that you’ve been slaving over is not fun. Not only is it easier to do, it’s also cheaper and faster then ever. There’s no excuse for lost data.
So how do you do it?
Well you have a few options. Mainly online, or offline, and pay now, or monthly. Also, the suggestions below are mainly for home operations.
For a physical hard drive you’ll be spending between $50-$200 for the minimum amount of space; I’d suggest, that being 1 terabyte. Digital space is getting cheaper and your Pro Tools files are not getting any smaller. You’ll be surprised how quickly a terabyte will fill up. Pick this up at any electronics store or grab it off ebay.
If you’re going with the cloud style of archiving your data then you have a few options. Mashable has a list of online storage sites that you could use. They typically offer a number of gigabytes for a monthly fee. I haven’t had a chance to try this yet but I know that this is likely the future digital archiving.
Also something to consider is Dropbox for backing up smaller files (2 gb limit). Mac users have the built in Time Machine program to back up their data if they have a newish OS. But you don’t need a program for backing up data necessarily. Drag and drop has worked for me a lot.
Either way, as long you’re backing up your data it’s all good. Digital space is cheap and backing up data is easy.
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