You Should Buy A Workable Backup Drive

mealp_d_475.jpgIn our final installment of Musformation’s Data Loss Prevention Week we tell you why you should have a workable backup drive. What is a workable backup drive? Some cheap Firewire/USB aren’t good enough to record/edit or even playback audio, the drives we want are heavy duty and can perform complex edits and record multiple tracks at once. Just because its in a big enclosure does not means it is fast enough to run audio tracks. There are a few reasons to buy a workable backup drive:

1. You will end up working off of it. In crunch time to make deadlines I have had 4 computers going with band members doing some of the more menial edits. This could not have happened without a few workable backup hard drives!
2. If your main work drive goes down you can keep working without even flinching. Simply open the file on your backup drive and no one will even notice your Main Drive went down!
3. The transfer speeds give you many hours in bed resting rather then spending them at the studio. 7200 RPM+ drives mean faster transfer speeds, which means faster backups!
4. You can take this drive to any studio and know its going to boot right up. There’s nothing worse then taking a record to another studio to work and then finding out your portable drive isn’t qualified to record and they don’t have enough space on their drive for your session or you will waste valuable time copying over large session files.

Jesse Cannon is the editor of Musformation. He produces records at his studio Cannon Found Soundation. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseCannonMusF. For more info please visit his website.