Backing up your files is a very dry task that reaps HUGE benefits. But the task of backing up requires a bit of research to find what is the best route to back up for you.
If you haven’t already heard about incremental backups, I’d check that out; just so you don’t lose all your efforts one day ;).
Now, if you don’t produce albums, or beat tapes, or anything of the like, this approach may not be that important to you. But to get your product/work/files onto different platforms (CD’s, Hard Drives, USB Drives), it allows for some extra security to your work, knowing you have other copies laying around if one of your sources does not work!
But I Just Make Beats?
Yes, as I said, this approach may not be important to you. But, incremental backups are important to anyone working on a computer.
Albums, and Beat Tape Backup,
Now, if you do create these albums, and beat tapes, I highly recommend watching the video closely. What I have done is backed up all the sounds of each song, which is super simple to do, put them all in their own folders, then burned the total folder onto a CD.
Make sure to label your CD accordingly afterward with a black marker, put it in a CD/DVD case, and keep it for safe keeping. Trust me, if you don’t label your CD instantly, it blends in with other discs quickly, making you have to enter your CD into your computer again, to figure out what’s on the disc! (Save yourself time, do it right away!).
Single Beats Vs. Bigger Projects (Your Product),
I do regular incremental backups, which is awesome to secure my files in case of a crash, but my thoughts towards albums and beat tapes is that is a type of product. If you lose your product.. well, sure you can continue to sell it if it’s still up on iTunes or if it’s downloadable. But what if you ever want to go and work on the project again? — You can’t, the source files are gone! So keep this in mind when it comes to these bigger project such as albums and beat tapes.
For just single beats, my thoughts is that it’s just a single beat. However, if it were a beat where you got a placement with a major artist, this may be something you want to backup. But for a beat-tape.. that’s a type of product that you do not want to lose. Burn it, save it, and you will now have it for the long-term.