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Audio Archiving Good to Know: exercise your backup drives!


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For those of us who faithfully backup our sessions/audio files onto external drives, I just read something today in Sound on Sound that I found quite interesting:


Be sure to "exercise" those external drives once you backup your precious stuff on them...about once or twice a month or so. I used to just carbon-copy and put them on a shelf somewhere, but the grease can lock-up in the bearings that spin the platters, and one day you'll try to load your files and the drives won't spin up.


So make sure you connect the drives, load a session and access the data to give them some "workout."


This might be common knowledge to some, but I didn't know it, and thought I would pass it on to avoid disaster!




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