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    Senior Member rwayland's Avatar
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    Catastrophic Loss Precautions

    Well, once I again, I shall scream out about backups! Create them, update them frequently! A backup is as good as it is current. You will never know when a catastrophe will strike. In my case, this afternoon. I installed a demo version of Sib 5, which wiped out ALL of my Sibelius data files - years of scores. However, since I maintain a very good backup system, not one byte was lost. My backups were excellent. In this case, I did a backup of my C drive immediately before installing the backup, and had backed up my data drive a few hours earlier, just as a precaution.

    I have not heard of anyone else having such a problem with Sib 5, but I had a disaster the last time I tried it, and at that time, recovered from backup with no loss. I am now awaiting help from Sib tech.

    Richard

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    I'm with you on that, Richard!

    External USB hard drives are so inexpensive these days,
    most anyone can afford one for backup... and I think
    it's foolish to be without one (or more -- I have three).

    I also keep a rotation scheme, with one drive always
    kept offsite; this as a precaution in the event of theft
    or fire or other catastrophic system damage or loss.

    Further, I do backups to DVD and a laptop, periodically.

    Paranoid, you say? You bet I am. I've got literally
    thousands of hours of work invested that would be
    impossible to recover, were it ever lost.

    Best,



    David
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    Re: Catastrophic Loss Precautions

    Quote Originally Posted by etLux View Post
    I'm with you on that, Richard!

    External USB hard drives are so inexpensive these days,
    most anyone can afford one for backup... and I think
    it's foolish to be without one (or more -- I have three).

    I also keep a rotation scheme, with one drive always
    kept offsite; this as a precaution in the event of theft
    or fire or other catastrophic system damage or loss.

    Further, I do backups to DVD and a laptop, periodically.

    Paranoid, you say? You bet I am. I've got literally
    thousands of hours of work invested that would be
    impossible to recover, were it ever lost.

    Best,



    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
    Well, Sibelius informs me that Sibelius could not do that which I had experienced. Not being a software engineer, I can only note my observations:

    Tested Sib 4, worked normally.
    Installed the Sib 5 demo. Attempted to open files. Folder was empty.
    Restored the operating system drive and the Sib data files. All normal again.

    A similar problem occurred the last time I attempted to test the demo. Many files were corrupted, nothing worked correctly.

    The reply from Sibelius reminds me of an error message I received on an earlier PC "An impossible error has occurred."

    I am awaiting a response from the Sib tech support page, and maybe will find a different cause, but I don't expect much.

    Richard

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    Re: Catastrophic Loss Precautions

    I was a little back up yesterday but I feel better today. Oh, yeah, sorry. I agree that having a USB external HD is a good way to go. Save all my (what ever I have) on one and also back up on DVD plus I've used a couple of USB flash drives as well and they seem to hold out pretty well plus they're easier to transport small files to and from destinations.
    Styxx

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    I use a free Microsoft utility called Robocopy which allows me to mirror directory structures to other drives and directories - used in a batch file, it allows me to copy a directory structure to 2 other hard drives, so when I get done in Finale or Sonar, I click my batch file, and it copies all of my files to two other hard drives, one internal, the other external. I also image my c: drive on a regular basis, and some times burn to DVD as well.
    I too preach back up to my friends, but they usually don't until they wake up one morning and have lost all of their family pictures, .mp3 library, or something they treasured! Then maybe, they get the picture!

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    I offenly do backups to DVD and to the hardisk of the other computer. But since midi files (even with the sibelius, sonar or other programs) are very small, i found very good idea to backup my files in internet. You can use your gmail account to upload a zip file of your midi files. Even there exist a firefox extension that make that very easy. The advantage is that you have your backups accesible from everywhere, even if your backups are stolen from home.
    Marcelo Colina

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    Re: Catastrophic Loss Precautions

    I have a USB device put out by Thermaltake called BlacX (P/N: N0028USU). This device allows you to plug in 2.5 or 3.5" SATA I or II hard drives. So it's like a USB hard drive but you can replace the drives by just pulling it out of the slot and then sticking in another drive for more storage capacity. It works quite well. I think it was only about $40 for it.

    Jim

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    Re: Catastrophic Loss Precautions

    For those of you using DVDs, Bluray will soon be a pretty good solution. As far as I know, it's still pretty expensive, but they do have Bluray burner drives out, and one Bluray disk can hold 50 gigs!

    As with most computer things, it will probably become more accessible relatively quick, haha.

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