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Back up your Avid Projects

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I cannot stress enough the importance of backing up your Avid projects. Yes, the Avid Attic is there to save the day but what if your hard drive crashes to the point of no return or maybe some other form of disaster; fire, theft, flood, ect. This is such a simple process yet it seems that a lot of editors do not take the time to back up all of their hard work. The first thing you need to decide is the type of media that you will store your project folders on. Your choices include: compact discs CD or DVD, an external hard drive, floppy disk or some type of a flash drive. These project files are very small so a DVD is overkill and a floppy disk might not be big enough. An external hard drive is a quick way to back up your files but not practical if you want to take it with you from station to station. Your two best alternatives is CD or some sort of a flash drive. I have found the flash drive to be the fastest and easiest way to back-up my projects. I use a 512 MB thumb drive from San Disk. I can take it wherever I go or I can leave it plugged into my workstation for quick and convenient backing up. I make it a habit to back up my projects everyday and then remove my thumb drive and either take it with me or put it in my fire safe at the end of the day. If you back up your Avid projects on a daily basis you will not have to worry when your system hard drive crashes for good.

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