Any advice for protecting my DAW from a hard drive crash? I mean like a drive going bad or something. I know there is the Raid system but not sure how all that works. Right now, All my Cubase project files are stored in "My Documents" and then I have all of them backed up on an external drive which doubles for streaming "Gold" and "Stormdrum". Atleast when I do crash the internal drive I'll have my project files but I know that as far as the structuring of all my plugs and sample storage on the internal (from before I had my external) will be horribly messed up and I almost cant imagine how almost impossible it would be to get everything functioning again. With Raid backup, can you just sort of swap drives and be going again? I'm not sure how all this works. Any advice would be welcome as I am about to undertake a project that might last a year or more and I'm just concerned with taking all the precautions that I can so as not to slow things down any more than necessary when the inevitable finally happens. Thanks.
If older macs are any indication. Then the power drive on my old IICX that I bought in '91 used still works fine. I've never had one hardware failure on any mac I've ever owned.
Now PC's have cheaper components and the power supply on one failed. So now I always but an expesive high quality power supply for PC.
As far as backing up files (to bring it back on topic) I love the raid idea. Very cool. I'll look into it for newer machines. It's funny that in 15 years of doing music I've never had to go back to a sequence to reconstruct it but maybe once and that was by choice. I find that once you get to the final mixdown that becomes my backup. So I just burn an audio CD and a data CD of the mixdowns and that's pretty much it. I of course back up all project files to another HD when I'm working though.
But maybe it's me. I'm just use to writing everything from scratch anyway so even if I have to reference an older cue I'll just remember it and have the basic sequence down in 20 min.