Backup your stuff
Written by Quentin 'Q The Beat Boy' Adams
Some of this may sound a bit more advanced than it really is.
Ok, we all know that it can be one of the most heartbreaking things to lose your data. Touching the wrong thing, electrical surges, accidental deletion, there is a laundry list of things that can wipe out your hard work right before your eyes.
Backing up your data can be a lot easier than you think. You don’t have to back up every single file every time you make one. There are a ton of automated features and programs that you can use, some practically allow “set and forget” features letting you set parameters and not having to touch a thing again unless you decide to change the way you are storing backups.
Cloud services are a great way to start, software raid, raid, even programs like Free File Sync. Most providers of all of these types of programs allow features that will watch certain files or folders and do what it is told with them. For simple backup, my favourite is a simple “Mirrored” set of drives. What this means is, using features built right into windows you can tell one hard drive to mimic another exactly. You do this in the disk manager. This is located in administrative tools under computer management. In the app that opens click disk manager.
Mirrors, what would we do without them?
You will need a clean drive to set as the mirror, it will need to be at least the size of the drive you wish to back up. Look here for more info on this https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=set+up+mirrored+drive+windows
There are a ton of raid setups you can use too, mirroring is not the only option but is probably one of the most simple & reliable. Raid 10 would probably be my next suggestion if going this route.
Using software sync is easy too. Download, install, read instructions and setup the software to go to work for you. Cloud services allow a simple few clicks to sync folders and drives to be backed up automatically. I like PCloud, PCloud also works like a virtual drive so files are ready for use as if they were on your computer, but they don't have to be depending on how you choose to set it up.
Files can be on a drive and synced to the cloud as well. In the end, you should be saving at least 2 copies of your work. If you are not using any kind of backup system, simply saving regular copies on separate drives will be key. If you update a file, simply copy it over to the backup drive and you're done.
Extra tip... programs like FL Studio allow you to export a FL project zip. Doing this rather than the standard FL Project File will save you a ton of heartache, so learn about it. When you are done working on a project for one sitting, export the zip file, just in case. If something happens, like missing samples for example, simply open the zip file either in windows or directly in FL Studio by dropping it on the top of the program. You can even export similar backup files in Adobe After Effects and such programs.
Centralized storage is also a key thing in keeping organized and keeping backups, but that's an entirely new conversation…. If you wish to look into it, simply learn about starting your own home server.
Never lose your data again! Stay on it…