One of the most frustrating things about making beats is that you have tons of samples and computer files that you have to manage. We’ve all been there, and it’s not fun when all of a sudden your hard drive dies and you lose all your precious work.
This is why you need to back up your beats.
There are many ways you can do so, but all of them, I don’t care how popular the format is – are a pain because it can become time consuming. Here are four ways you can back up your beats.
1. Hard Drive Clone Or RAID
I always find the best way to back up your beats is to copy them over to another hard drive. You can either copy them manually, or use a cloning program that will do all the work for you. The beauty of a cloning program is that it will copy everything exactly the way you have it, and you can do these clone backups regularly.
Having a RAID setup is ideal for a lot of people, but it’s not for everyone. If you don’t know, a RAID (Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks) setup is when you have multiple drives that work together in various ways. For example, RAID1 mirrors all the data from one drive to another. It’s easy to set up, and once you do then you don’t have to worry about it. What’s great about it is that as you write to the first disk, it will also write to the other disk. This means when you save your beat, it will be saved twice.
2. USB Drives
Most people are using USB drives to back up their beats, and I think it’s a great option because it’s simple (drag & drop), and it’s convenient because of the size of the USB sticks. You can buy USB drives for just a few dollars and they work very well, or you could spend a few more bucks and get a drive that can hold up to 64GB! There might be bigger sizes now, but still – 64GB is really good for such a tiny device.
What’s good about USB drives is the portability. If you want to take your beats to the studio, it’s a great option, or if you want to have hundreds of USB drives, they won’t take up tons of room.
Ah, good ol’ faithful compact disc. It’s a shame that they’re going out of style now because CDs used to be a great way to back things up. Remember CD-RW? I would use rewritable CDs all the time and they worked well.
But then they didn’t work well.
CDs at the time were a great way to back up your beats, but at least for me, they just never worked right. There were times I would have trouble with my CD burner or the brand of CD I was using didn’t play nice with my drive, and all of these problems became very frustrating.
However, if it works for you, then go ahead and use it, but I wouldn’t use it as a primary backup system. Instead, use it only if you really have to.
4. The Cloud
Just a few months ago, Google announced that it was cutting the prices (seriously, who does that?) on their Google Drive plans. As of this writing, they offer (per month), 15GB free, $1.99 for 100GB, and $9.99 for 1TB. Those prices are great, and it leaves producers with a great option to back up their beats.
There are plenty of Cloud storage options, from Dropbox to the iCloud. Whichever your favorite is, the Cloud is probably your best bet for backing up your beats.
What’s great about the Cloud is that these programs auto sync with specific folders on your computer, and they’re stored on servers that are backed up constantly (they’re probably using RAID), so you don’t have to worry about ever losing your beats.
I have heard many stories of people losing their beats because of a faulty hard drive, and many others that made a mistake and accidentally erased their beat backups. By having backups on various media, you won’t have to worry ever again. Back it up!