Today while editing I heard the noise that puts the fear of God into any editor…the click…click…click of a hard drive failing.
It’s only through experience and your first failed hard drive that you get to recognise the deathly clicking noise telling you that failure is only minutes away.
Some sage advice, take a screenshot every month, especially if you are using a few hard drives, the shot above is from my iMac which has two internal drives and one external drive so screenshots every month for this computer is a tad excessive.
My edit suite has twenty five hard drives, twenty one of them running from five Sonnet fusion towers so you can see the sence in taking a screen shot of this amount of drives.
The screenshot will allow you to determine which drive is lost as it will disappear once you locate it and remove it, more important if you have a few drives.
My important files are QT (Quick Time) files so everything that starts with QT is a complete program. All .mov or .mp4 are potentially important, the .mov files especially, clients footage must be stored onto two separate drives just in case the worst case senario happens.
We become all to set in our comfort zones and forget that one day a drive will fail, God forbid it’s a critical drive or one with a major edit on it, thats why it’s important while filming a job to keep all the rushes till the job has been Quick Timed onto two separate hard drives.
I am going to spend a day this week siphoning off all my .mov files to a self contained hard drive as a further back up measure, you can never be too careful with important QT footage and remember you can always update and edit with a QT master file, granted you don’t have the original footage but most of my clients want an update using fresh footage so it shouldn’t cause a problem.
A more simpler way to store files is via a cloud service, today I joined Bitcasa a service that is as easy as drag and drop with the advantage of 10GB of free space, mind you thats only JPEGs etc. video files are too big for cloud usage.