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Archiving Your Digital Media > Using a Back-Up System to Archive Your Media - Pg. 336

Organizing and Archiving Your Digital Media 6. 336 Organize the disc by placing files into appropriate folders if you want to. One way to organize your archive discs is to mirror the organization of the files on your hard drive (which you have organized already, right?). 7. When the disc has the files you want to archive and is organized appropriately, burn it. 8. Eject the disc and label it with the name that you gave it. 9. Insert the disc again and open it. 10. Open some of the files on the disc to make sure that they were recorded properly. 11. When you are sure that you have captured the files on a disc, delete them from your hard drive. 12. Eject the disc and store it so that you can find it when you need to. TIP Ideally, you will store your archived discs and your original source tapes in the same location for easy access. The trick to having an effective archive system is to know which files are archived on which discs. The simplest solution to this need is to create an archive log that is similar to the log you keep for your source tapes. In the log, list the archive disc name, the files or folders that it contains, and a brief description of each file or folder's contents (trust me, in six months when you need to retrieve the file again, you won't remember the name, but a brief description will help you find a file quickly). TIP If you use Excel to keep your logs, create one worksheet for your source tapes and another for your archived files and folders and store them in the same workbook. This will make all your log information available in one file.