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backup process, which means I have critical time to prepare for the next day of shooting (or once in a blue moon – to relax). Make three copies Always make three copies of everything – one copy which is a master copy, one which is a backup copy and a final copy which is stored off-site. This approach ensures that even if something awful occurs, which is outside of your control (such as a fire), all is not lost. If you have three copies it takes away nearly all risk, so for example I will have three copies of my content stored on three G-DRIVE evs, (thanks to my G-DOCK ev creating the final copy). Your three copies should be spread geographically When making three copies, separate one from another geographically - for example I always give the third copy to my assistant so he can take this copy to his hotel room or he gives it directly to the client. This way, no matter what happens, I have a copy in a trusted pair of hands. Would you rather take the sensible approach and ensure a happy client or risk losing work, which would call your professionalism into question? Use software for regular backups I shoot a lot of content; this means I want a solution that will create regular backups. I use ChronoSync because I have a huge degree of control over what drives I want to backup and when. For example, ChronoSync recognises specific hard drives when plugged in (and will automatically back them up because of this) and I can set a timer to backup work every day if I like. For me, each day at 6pm my active drives are automatically backed up, and half the time I’m not even in the studio but thanks to software like this, I know my content is consistently being protected. If using a drive 24/7 – make sure it’s an Enterprise-Class HDD From personal experience, I find that desktop external storage solutions that utilise enterprise-class 3.5-inch drives are less likely to fail if they are under permanent strain (and used for a number of days non-stop). Most of G-Technology’s RAID external storage solution use enterprise-class drives, which are tested in extended application and temperature ranges to ensure they can withstand constant use. I’ve never had a G-technology drive fail on me.   Spin up drives once a year Do you have loads of drives hanging around the attic that you haven’t spun up in a long time? If so, get them out and spin them up once a year because I find that drives that have been idle on the shelf fail more easily – they are mechanical devices and like a car, your old hard drives needs to be serviced or it they’ll breakdown - you can quote me on that! Putting thought into your storage needs has now become, in my opinion, as important as what camera you use on a shoot. If you fail to prepare adequately, you may be in for a nasty surprise. My advice is to invest in quality solutions to ensure you don’t endure a nightmare like I had during my college days. TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 90 JUNE 2014 | 49