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How To Backup?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by apbarkey, Aug 20, 2004.

  1. apbarkey

    apbarkey Active Member


    i run a macintosh system with logic 4.7. All my recorded audio files (Vocals, Mixdowns etc) are in one directory that has been setup by logic. it's over 30gb of audio files now.

    Now I want to backup all that stuff on DVD before something happens.

    Can someone tell me a program that backups automated on DVD or any other help? I tried to access the directory with the audio files but the system tells me "too many files to display..." and shows only like 20% of all the files.

    Please help. I can't afford any other streaming backup system or whatever. Only got the DVD Writer.

  2. Johnjm22

    Johnjm22 Guest

    Not sure of any program that would do that. If I were you I would just burn my data to the DVD-R's, not sure what you mean by automated.

    Or better yet get an external hard drive. I just got and external usb hard drive that holds 120 gigs. Thats way more convienent then having a bunch of DVD's laying around.
  3. apbarkey

    apbarkey Active Member

    Yeah i was thinking bout an external drive too but i don't have the money for that.

    with "automated" i mean a program where u select a directory or harddisk and it tells u "10 dvds needed. please insert 1 of 10" and so on... like the old backup programs for PC that did backups on 1.44mb floppy disks (real oldschool *g*)

    and if your harddisk crashes u just install the backup program, insert the 1st dvd and it puts the whole file/directory structure back on your new harddisk.
  4. Johnjm22

    Johnjm22 Guest

    Well like I said I don't know of a program that does that for DVD-R's. But a program that came with my exteranal drive does that.

    If all else fails just manualy burn the stuff to DVD-R's one at a time.
  5. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    I'm moving this to DAW Products and Computing. You'll likely get bettter answers there.
  6. apbarkey

    apbarkey Active Member

    but that's the problem. i cant see all files in the directory. "too many files to show" (or something similar) is the error message.

    so how can i burn ALL the files now?
  7. kinetic

    kinetic Guest

    The best way is to take an image of the drive or partition containing the data you want to back up. I can only presume that there are programs that do this for the Mac - I use Norton Ghost to do this for my PC. That program can compress the files, and you can specify what size the resulting image can be split up to, so that you can burn the parts to other media. What I do is create the image on a separate partition on my hard drive, and then take a copy of this onto an external hard drive (rather than burning the image as you prefer). The only downside is that you would need enough space on your hard drive to store the compressed image before burning.

    But this is a great way to back-up - I backup my system partition and this has saved the day on a number of occasions. Hope there is a similar product like Ghost for the Mac (if indeed Ghost doesn't support Mac)
  8. apbarkey

    apbarkey Active Member

    ok that sounds cool but that's the problem. hard disk is at 70% ;-)

    isnt there a program like norton ghost that directly burns onto dvd?
  9. kinetic

    kinetic Guest

    Yes I believe you can burn the image parts direct with Ghost, but I can't confirm that from my own use. Check out the Norton site for more info.
  10. apbarkey

    apbarkey Active Member

    i did. it's only for pc platform. i don't understand why it's so hard to find something like this for mac.

    *help* ;-)
  11. kinetic

    kinetic Guest

    I have checked another vendor of imaging software (Acronis) but they too are PC only. I guess the best way to find if there are similar applications for the Mac is to do a Google search for something like Drive Image for Mac. Also a good Mac forum or newsgroup surely must be able to assist. I would be very surpirsed if there is not a similar program for Mac users. Then again, maybe I wouldn't :wink:
  12. apbarkey

    apbarkey Active Member

    hehe ok thanks a lot ;-)
  13. Heptade21

    Heptade21 Guest

    Mezzo on Macintosh and Retrospect are two good software for b/u. You can use a large variety of device: tape, hard drive, dvd, cd...
  14. apbarkey

    apbarkey Active Member

    hey that's great. thanks!

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