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Always make sure you are constantly backing up your progress on sequencing. Keep cd's with your songs, and keep copies of you layouts and designs. Computers die, it happens and since LOR and other programs we tend to use don't need a fancy computer, we tend to use old machines we normally wouldn't use. These machines may die on you and you would lose everything. While we are at it, you may want to keep a spare of everything in your show that's a necessity. Keep a spare controller, a spare FM transmitter, spare extension and Ethernet cables, and of course, spare bulbs. You will thank yourself when something fails right in the middle of a big crowd.

If you have a tendency to forget to back things up, there are free programs like fbackup that will do it for you.

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Great suggestion. Sadly, some people only learn to do this after a failure!

We learn our most valuable life lessons through our mistakes :unsure:

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Very good advice.

Here are some suggestions on how to backup.

Burn a CD/DVD

Use a backup service. Click here for a recent review of several.

Copy them to Google Docs.

Copy them to a thumb drive or external hard drive.*

Copy them to another computer.*

Make arrangements with a friend to exchange files.

The best suggestion that I cam make is to automate the process. It is what computer do. You will forget to do it. The computer won't. That is the best reason to use a backup service.

* While these suggestions will protect you files in the case of hard drive failure, it probably won't help if your house is robbed.

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* ..., it probably won't help if your house is robbed.

Actually, some back-up services offer back-up on a server via the internet. You rent space on a server (minimal cost) and the backups are automatically sent to their server for storage. If you lose your computer completely, (theft, fire, meteor strike, transported to a different dimention....) you can still access your files from the server.

Doug

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Dont forget the USB to LOR converter. That is a "single point of failure". If a channel goes out you can always reprogram a spare - I try very hard to keep at least one open channel on each controller as a "hot" spare. I also have two 8-ch controllers that I can use as a quick sparing. But definitely, back up your data. USB drives are wicked cheap.

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I use Carbonite for On-line backup. It works well in that it's automatic and I can download files to any computer. I make sequence changes on my office computer then download them directly to the show computer in the garage without messing with a USB drive.

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You don't realize how important back-up is until you lose your sequences. I dropped my laptop that I use to run shows the other day and can not get it to work. Luckily, I had followed everyone's advice and had all sequences copied to my work computer and to a separate flash drive. I don't even want to think about having to sequence 40 songs again! One thing I will add, is make sure you also save your music files with your sequences to make restoring easier. It took me less than 5 minutes to get a back-up laptop up and running with LOR.

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Bumping this thread as it is good advise... And the fact that the hard drive in the wife's laptop failed. While there were no LOR sequences on this laptop, I am still happy to say that no data was lost.

As a side note, we added an external 250GB USB drive to the backup arsenal. Can never be to safe.

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I learned this the hard way. My laptop died about a month and half ago. I lost everything. I have had to start to scratch.

Sux to be me.

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Funny this thread surfaces the day I lose data to hard drive failure.

I'm something of a backup nut, I run a small home server with 2x500GB drives for data files and 2x1TB drives for media files, one of each size is strictly for backups, which run every night at 3AM. I have every program I've ever downloaded archived on said server, as well as every OS installer for my computers.

Hence, I see no need to back up my individual machines, as I can reinstall the OS and programs with relative ease. My desktop logs in to the server, so I have no user data on it's drive, and I only use my laptops for internet and the occasional document/project, which is copied to the server once complete.

But there's one little problem... in the last year, I've done a good bit of video editing projects... which I saved to the hard drive of the desktop. Clips, project files, final .iso files, all of it. The desktop's drive wasn't backed up at all till a week ago when I imaged everything on it (except my Media Work folder!) to an old, small external I had lying around.

Well, the drive died yesterday. It goes clicky-clicky now. I wouldn't be too upset as two projects were for school and one was my Christmas in July show from this year, but I had unedited video of 4 of my 5 songs from last year's show sitting on that drive, and now I'll never get to see that video again or share it with the world.

I guess the moral of this rather long story is that even when you don't think it needs backed up, BACK IT UP. The sad thing is I have the spare drives sitting around that I could have been backing up to all along, but I wasn't.

External hard drives are dirt cheap these days. You can get 2TB for less than half the cost of an LOR controller. Buy a drive and back up before you lose weeks, maybe months of work. You don't truly know what it's like to lose data until it happens to you - and trust me, you don't want it to happen to you.

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Bumping this thread.

It's getting close to time, and this is when you are most likely to skip a back-up or two trying to get the show ready. Back-Up more now than ever. I just had another hard drive failure last week. Thankfully everything was back-up. Keep in mind, running a computer 24-7 is hard on components. So all of our show computers are more susceptible to failure. Keep them cool and let them breath and they will thank you for it in the long run.

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i just backed up using google docs unclick convert to pda or doc file

and uploaded to my ftp server.....ive been playing roulette for 6 months now..figure might as well ease one less headache.

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I work on computers as a side job. I can tell you this with certainty. If you rely on an external hard drive or USB thumb drive you are no safer. Both can fail electronically, a hard drive can *also* fail mechanically (2 points of failure on a hard drive). You want to be safe? Burn to a CD!!!

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Good to see the suggestions. I have them saved on 3 different computers... the show comp., my desktop comp., and my laptop comp... Plus I have it on 2 thumb drives. Not to mention that I email the files to myself when I'm at school. So Lots of ways to back it up!

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CD gets scratched and broken.

Thumb drives fail

Hard drives fail

Computers get stolen

Internet Backup providers go out of business

There is no one method that is perfect. Use multiple methods and at least one of them should be at a different location.

Good to see the suggestions. I have them saved on 3 different computers... the show comp., my desktop comp., and my laptop comp... Plus I have it on 2 thumb drives. Not to mention that I email the files to myself when I'm at school. So Lots of ways to back it up!

Three different computer

Two USB drives

And an email in a pear tree (Sorry)

That is a good start.

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I lost my first hard drive a couple months ago. I back up occasionally but the last one i had was before last xmas. OOps. I used to keep everything on two computers but my laptop has different drive sequences and it kept causing problems with the LOR software when I would move it to my main computer. It would have trouble finding music and files etc due to drive assignment. Last year I finally gave up and figured I would just keep it on the home computer.

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Its getting to be a little bit closer to crunch time. So just thought I would send out a friendly reminder. Don't loose all of your hard work. Back Up today. Don't wait until it's too late!

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I'll add that since my last post, I have installed Dropbox onto all of my computers... Show, desktop, laptop, and livingroom media center computers have a file with them saved on.  I can access the dropbox from any computer and don't need to carry a thumbdrive.   Likewise, I can share my sequences with anyone by adding them to my public folder.  No need to email anymore.

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