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When Hard Drives Fail

For years I’ve been preaching the adage that when it comes to hard drive crashes, there are two types of people, those who have lost data and those who will.

Well, last week it was my turn. Again.

I was working at home, with all the proper protection, and still, in a single surge, two hard drives went kaput.

Fortunately, thank the stars, the drives were from different projects and I had backups of each. Because let me tell you, as an editor there is no worse feeling than knowing you’ll have to redo hours, or even days, of work.

What I took away from the experience is this:

  1. Unless you are backing up your work, never mount both the main and backup drives at the same time. This way, if there is a catastrophic failure, you won’t burn both.
  2. Even if you’ve added no new new assets during a day’s session, at the very least drag your project file to the desktop or Dropbox. At a minimum.

Here are two essential resources to help you further:

  1. MediaStorm’s Guide to Backing Up
  2. MediaStorm Guide to Enhancing Adobe Premiere Pro’s Auto-save Functionality

Backing up is essential. You should be obsessive. You should be fervent.

And if you think I’m being overly-cautious, imagine trying to explain to your client that everything they’ve paid for has simply disappeared.

No one wants to do that.

Be smart, backup today.

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