How are people backing up their sample library? The most cost effective rewritable external media back up seems to be external firewire drives. Am I correct? At the moment I\'m just copying my library from one GigaStudio to the other via the network but would like to have an external backup as well.
I use cases for 3.5\" IDE drives to be used over USB. They\'re $50-$60 for a case and you can get a cheap 40GB hard drive for $70 these days (you don\'t need 7200RPM/ATA100 drives, 5400RPM/ATa33 is fine). They\'re a bit slower (2MB/sec, 7GB/hr) than firewire but more convenient and I just backup overnight so it\'s fine. I store my Giga\'s and my Ghost\'ed hard-drive backup images (I do it all over my little network since my Giga box hates USB enabled).
well I back up over my network from the Giga machine to the USB HD on my \"master\" computer. If you don\'t want to put a firewire card in your Giga box you can probably just enable the USB in the BIOS for a backup, then turn it off the next reboot.
Saving the articulation files is a good idea, unless you\'ve organised all your sounds into category style directories which don\'t relate to those on the original CDroms. In a case like this it would probably be tedious to reload 20gb of instruments back into various directories.
I still vote for cheap hard disks.
The fact that (for storage purposes) they don\'t have to be ATA133 1500rpm is also a money saver.