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Chapter 5. Recording to Picture > Backing Up Your Data!

Backing Up Your Data!

Now that you have recorded several terabytes worth of data for your current project, what happens when the power fails and your hard drive crashes? If you’re like me, you don’t even want to contemplate this possibility. To avoid the ultimate catastrophe, it is important to back up your data regularly. With the amount of data a project such as a film can generate, a simple CD burn is not going to cut it. It is necessary to come up with a secure backup plan that has even three or four levels of redundancy.

I talk to many people who say they back up their data only after a project is completed, in order to save time and space. This is foolhardy—the time to back up data is while you are working on it, because that’s when a data loss will affect you the most. After the project is finished, you’re safe, for the most part. You still must back up after finishing the project in case it comes back for revisions or you need to create a derivative work. This happens with commercials all the time. The client might want to re-create a commercial that is almost identical to the original minus a few changes in the price of a product or a telephone number. A complete backup will make this process much easier.


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