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Backup Solutions

Discussion in 'Recording' started by LittleJames, Nov 9, 2001.

  1. LittleJames

    LittleJames Guest

    I've thought about purchasing two HDs, and having them mirror each other. Has anyone tried this; I'm worried about it hogging cpu time while recording, etc. It seems to me that mirroring my audio drive would be an easy back up solution since I record something new very frequently, and the price of HDs falling. If one drive fails I have another one ready to go with minimal down time.
    I also wanted to see what other people use for backup solutions.

    I almost forgot to mention I use win2k.


    Little James
  2. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Distinguished Member

    Oct 7, 2001
    I only back up my audio files (although it would be nice to have my whole system backed up for quick and easy recovery).

    I am now backing up my projects at key points during the process (at recording stop points, before and after mixing, after each mastering session, etc.). This backup is to CD ROM.

    I think I heard somewhere that using RAID could cause problems...someone else has to jump in here, but be careful with mirroring without hearing some expert advice!

  3. LittleJames

    LittleJames Guest

    I've been backing up audio information to cd for awhile now and it's just a pain in the arse. Every time you change something or add a new track you have to stop and back everything up.
    I'm a little anal about backing up information. One time I lost three weeks of work b/c cubase wouldn't load a project properly and all of my voice over files were corrupted :mad:
    Now I use Nuendo and I've had no problems with stability. But I always backup more than I think I should, so having an automatic backup would be sweet.
  4. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Distinguished Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    You can mirror your hard drives but I wouldnt do it via IDE!!! I would do it via RAID or just get multiple hard drives to store everything on...if you mirror everything on a hard drive constantly while recording it's definately going to eat up some resources..especially if you have two drives on one IDE cable...if it's raid, no problem. The best thing to do is just wait until the song is done as far as tracking goes then back it up. I've never had an issue when doing it that way...yes it can take some time(but with a 12X burner it take no time at all mon!!!!)Other ways are getting a Travan Tape drive, getting a DVD RAM drive, buying multiple hard drives(either SCSI or IDE) and using a kingston bay type of procedure to swap em in and out...it's all about affordability too...CD"s are the cheapest way out!! Reliable too as long as you VERIFY them before you erase the data from your drive!!!
  5. LittleJames

    LittleJames Guest

    Thanks for the advice Opus.

    I think I will probably buy a couple of extra IDE drives for back up and just hot swap'em when one fills up.

    I might try a RAID eventually, but before that I think I might build a dual Athlon MP machine and see how it performs with Nuendo. I know that cubase supports dual cpu's so I would imagine that Nuendo would as well.

    Anyway thanks again.


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