Don’t Be Scared: Back That Thing Up!

back_that_thang_up.jpgIt’s Musformation’s Data Loss Prevention Week!
One of our frequent sayings is: “If you don’t have a backup, it doesn’t exist!.  While some of us have learned the hard way, if you haven’t yet had a terrible accident with your precious data you worked so hard on, you are bound to very soon.  The best time to backup your data? Yesterday.  The second best time?  Right now!  It’s dorky, it can take some organization, it takes time and money but it’s an ESSENTIAL part of being in a successful band. 


Hard drives, like everything in this world, die. People from the
outside the studio world often see this as being an amazingly fun job.
To me, it is incredibly fulfilling and I am often described as one of
the happiest people my friends know. That said, dealing with hard
drives and DATA loss are some of the worst pains you will ever deal
with. This is why it is absolutely crucial to put an extreme importance
on this subject. The feeling of DATA loss in my body is similar to the
worst of fights with a significant other. The philosophy to live and
die by goes something like this:

IF THERE IS NOT A COPY OF YOUR
DATA THAT EXISTS OUTSIDE OF YOUR COMPUTER, IT DOES NOT EXIST. Let me say
it again. IF THERE IS NOT A COPY OF YOUR DATA THAT EXISTS OUTSIDE OF
YOUR COMPUTER, IT DOES NOT EXIST.

What this translates to: at any
moment a perfectly good hard drive can die so if you don’t want to lose
your work, make sure there is a second copy of it!