Drive space reserve precautions

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by realdynamix, May 12, 2004.

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  1. realdynamix

    realdynamix Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    :D Howdy, One of our post guys had a huge amount of AV high res files on his mac for a given project. He wanted more drives installed. Not getting into specifics of the OS level and cards etc., this is what happened when his installer popped in the new drives.

    First the card for the drives went bye bye! Then, all the data could not be found. The reason given for this calamity was he did not reserve enough space on his existing drives to recover the data.

    It was stated that at least 30% be available to handle upgrades of the OS, and installations of new programs/hardware and drivers, as well as perform a recovery. Our webmaster wanted to defrag, and found out she needed at least 15% to properly perform the function, she had only 7%. She cleaned out her bin and picked up 3% more, then dumped unused programs and ended up with 17% reserve.

    Anything like this happen to any of you?

  2. kinetic

    kinetic Guest

    No this hasn't happened to me. But I have been in the position many times of running out of hard disk space! But this experience just reminds you that everyone needs to get a functional backup regime in place. What I do, and it works for me - I got Norton Ghost (there are other imaging applications available) that creates an image (a bit by bit exact copy of a partition or hard drive with compression as an option) and I take an image of my partition which has my operating system (my system drive) and save it on a separate partition. I bought an external drvie and save a copy of that image onto that external drive. I do the same thing for other drives or partitions that contain critical data, and I do this once a week. Recently, thanks to Norton SystemWorks Professional 2004 upgrade, I was left with a system that would not/could not boot. 15 minutes later I was back up with a perfect system by restoring from my last image. The only thing I lost was one week of emails (spam!).

    This might not help you or your client now, but it might help avoid such problems in the future.

    Good Luck

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