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Appendix B. Backing Up Your Project Files

Appendix B. Backing Up Your Project Files

At the end of every recording session, I back up my project files. It doesn’t matter whether I’m running late or whether I’m so tired that I can barely keep my eyes open; I always back up my files. Why? Because there once was a time when I didn’t think much of making backups. I would do it occasionally—just to be safe—but I never thought I’d run into any trouble. Then one day I went to boot up my PC, and poof! My hard drive crashed, taking a lot of important files with it, including a project that I had spent weeks working on. Believe me, after that experience I never took file backups for granted again, and you shouldn’t either.

Backing up your files really isn’t difficult, and it doesn’t take much extra time. This is especially true if your project includes only MIDI data. Project files containing only MIDI data are usually very small, and you can back them up by simply copying them to a floppy disk, just like you would any other small files. On the other hand, you might need to handle project files that contain audio data a little differently because of their possibly large size. Some larger project files might fit on a floppy disk, but if not, you can use an Iomega Zip disk drive (or a similar “super floppy” drive) and make a quick backup copy that way.


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