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Aug 25, 2010

How To Save Your MP3s

A friend of mine asked for the safest possible way to protect his large mp3 collection. I have a huge database of mp3s as well so I decided to share with you some of the ways to be able to do this.

If you really don't want to rip all of your CDs again (or re-download them from the digital store), I'm going to recommend a multi-prong approach:

1) Keep them on your internal hard drive. Not only will they be convenient for listening, but they'll move to your next computer along with the rest of your data.

2) Make your Music folder part of your regular, daily backup routine. That way, every new song will be backed up soon after you acquire it.

3) Get an MP3 player with a large enough capacity to fit your entire music collection, and transfer everything to that. More listening pleasure, and an extra copy.

4) Burn it all to DVDs--as data, not as audio. In other words, copy all of the files, as files. Use expensive, gold-backed Archival DVDs. Store them properly--upright, in a cool, dry location.

5) Burn another set to DVD, and store these somewhere else. Or ask a friend to store them.

That gives you five copies. One of them will survive.


Healthy Fitness Idea said...

These are all good backup tips. DVD backup has saved my important data many times. I'd recommend the Taiyo Yuden DVD brand, in 100 packs for reliability at a good price. Also, I think USB flash drives make good backup devices, because nearly every modern PC has a USB port, even netbooks.