I am curious to what everyones backup methods /archiving methods are for projects. I have had a scare or two recently involving data. I had things backed up, but my organization and method of back ups made it very time consuming to go through and find everything. I am trying a new type of setup which is as follows. I am a windows user, I have 5 Internal Hard drives.
- Boot Drive is a 80gb SSD where my OS and Pro tools and other key programs run.
Programs/Documents Drive 600g
- Run my extra programs and keep my documents.
Projects 1 TB - This is where my pro tools projects are located inclusive of everything except video for the project. I usually drop that onto the programs/documents drive
- Where my sound fx library sits. Both my personal recorded library and the libraries I own. I backup my personal SFX using crashplan to the cloud.
Hot Swap Sata Bay 1TB I use this drive as my backup/archive bay. Basically I keep my Projects Drive Mirrored to this using different methods, none are really seamless and automatic, I manually copy some, have used robocopy utilities, and am currently doing a copy using a program called BART. This drive is basically called ARCHIVE_001...002...003 etc.
Once Projects finish, I have exact copies of everything on that archive drive, I make DVDs of the stems and prints, and the client gets copies of it also. Then Every so often, I remove the completed projects from my projects drive and fill up the archive drive, pull it out and put in a fresh HDD and start all over.
This method is pretty flawed, but it is at least something. I have been researching some forms of server based backup or NAS backups. I am liking this idea as it offers large ability to expand, and older rackmount servers for sata raid data backup are pretty cheap on ebay.
I have also thought of the idea of using something like a drobo , but I really am not fond of the idea of another usb hardrive enclosure laying around.
The backup programs I have seen, seem to make their own image files, and that is not what I am looking for, just want an identical mirror, I guess Raid 1, but I want to just be able to have one of those drives and it just work rather than a rebuild process when 1 drive is gone. Maybe I am missing something, but I am curious as to what everyones process is from Drive Management (Physical) to the software used to automate the process and allow you to sleep at night.