External Hard Drives and Cloud Backups (Studio Tips) g technology g drive setup

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Updated! In this tutorial, I’ll share how to utilize external hard drives and cloud backups in the studio to maximize DAW performance, efficiency and redundancy …

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JOL_ENT 29/09/2021 - 7:10 PM

Yall better be carefull with those big ole external hdd's with everything u own on em! I've learned the hard way more than once that they are delicate!
They can be great for backing up everything and leaving in a desk at home but if you carry them in your bag u better be careful!
SSDs are faster and way more durable but also more $….

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JOL_ENT 29/09/2021 - 7:10 PM

Backing up and organizing files and creating files for more files is such a under valued talent! I have a color and name system, clone drives, and even a notepad that I write my back up logs in just to help me remember everything that's on there. I prolly got about 20TB of music, video, and pictures from the past 10-15 years! Seems like just yesterday I was working on pro tools HD on a scuzzy drive lol!

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Todd Anthony 29/09/2021 - 7:10 PM

Are you still liking G Drive? How hot does it get when left on?

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George Amodei 29/09/2021 - 7:10 PM

Thank you for making this VIDEO:) George

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alextail44 29/09/2021 - 7:10 PM

Just a quick question. Why do you find it important to have a physical hard drive? Wouldn't it be enough only to have a cloud backup? Cheers

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but I fw working in mess.. only me? but in the same time
I know I need put all together.. damn, how to do it?
I struggle with shit 2 long . so many demos .

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The Silver Conductor 29/09/2021 - 7:10 PM

Thanks alot just what I needed. MusicLuv, Keep Doin Whacha Do! The SC.

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Jonah Paz 29/09/2021 - 7:10 PM

Can I improve my cpu power using an ssd?
If so, how is it done?

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Son Of Montreal 29/09/2021 - 7:10 PM

Thanks for the great tips, Sean, they are much appreciated. Quick question: I got a somewhat similar studio set-up (MBP with a Caldigit TS3+) and so far, my plan is to have a dual HDD storage unit (2 clones) for archival purposes plugged into one of the 5Gbps ports (weekly back-ups), and use the USB-C 10GBps port for a 2TB SSD storing vst libraries and projects (so it would be used daily)… but so far, all the most popular products I have been looking into have their fair share of horror stories in the reviews (even the Samsung T7 or the G-Drive) which leaves me slightly scratching my head. I feel like there's no "good decision" I can make, only "least bad" ones… is the data-storage community a bit like the audiophile community? Should I just ignore the naysayers?

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Scaz 29/09/2021 - 7:10 PM

Should I still do the speed test if I connect my G-Drive directly into my Macbook?

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Jacques ABC 29/09/2021 - 7:10 PM

Can someone please explain to me why a lot of artists & producers always have their external plugged in? Is it because they store a lot of their sounds & sessions there or because it speeds up the computer or something?
And also if a session is opened from the external hard drive and saved, is this newer, edited version then saved to the hard drive instead of the old version?

Thanks 🙂

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Modern Cult 29/09/2021 - 7:10 PM

Can I have Omnisphere on a hard drive and run it on my DAW?

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matthaberek 29/09/2021 - 7:10 PM

I was wondering if a 2.3 ghz 8gb 512 GB ssd 2013 macbook pro would be exceptional enough just for vocals. Was thinking of getting a stienberg interface because I really love how you use waves tune real time but also was thinking focusrite for antares autotune access

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Ezra Exan 29/09/2021 - 7:10 PM

I have an iMac and MacBook! I’m thinking of buying 2 SSDs , (1 Audio, 1 Virtual Instruments), to share between both computers. Because there’s times I like to be mobile with my music. Do you think I should get 4 ssds , 2 for each computer ?

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RonMusic 29/09/2021 - 7:10 PM

Dude killer videos and great channel! Continued success and abundance!

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Joel Henry Blaeser 29/09/2021 - 7:10 PM

Sean Divine is the MAN.

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polaris911 29/09/2021 - 7:10 PM

What kind of USB hub is that?

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Nazareno D'Adamante 29/09/2021 - 7:10 PM

4:36 what rack is that??

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Ampfly 29/09/2021 - 7:10 PM

Good Stuff !!! Thanks for sharing Bro !!!

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Nazareno D'Adamante 29/09/2021 - 7:10 PM

how do you connect all of these simultaneously..and do you keep them connected all the time?

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Bob Jones 29/09/2021 - 7:10 PM

Excellent. I found this right after watching your three-year-old video on this topic. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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PreePro 29/09/2021 - 7:10 PM

Which monitor is that?

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Louis 29/09/2021 - 7:10 PM

You could get time machine to regularly duplicate files from your main SSD onto the backup without you having to drag them over

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fourgranted 29/09/2021 - 7:10 PM

Going out to buy one now.. I love the size and it sounds like its reliable. I have a lacie drive now which I had for a while, 2 in fact and I also have cloud redundancy…The Lacie however takes up alot of real estate and it requires electric power. I see this one is just from the computer.. Do you know if there is an added benefit from external drives that require electric power to turn on?

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CRXYTV 29/09/2021 - 7:10 PM

Quick question just wanted to know if you have your plugins for mixing like waves etc on your ssd's ? as i was thinking to move them to a ssd to create space on my Imac and have them with me on the go

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ThatGuyAlex 29/09/2021 - 7:10 PM

Thanx man, subbed

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Perry Pelican 29/09/2021 - 7:10 PM

The best thing is to mirror your data drives, which will create exact duplicates in real time. I have a large desktop and have a few usb3 thumb drives inside of the box. I use them to back up vital things very quickly. I also have external drives for what you do. But you have to use a mirroring system that you can set up easily with windows 10. Mirroring is good because if you overwrite yourself external drive when you back up, then what happens if there is a problem in the middle of the backup. It's always better to do backups to alternate drives, meaning one day backup to drive 1 and next day to drive 2 and then start over with drive 1. Another better one is backing up to. To compressed files and have one file for every day if the week and one at the end of the week. That way you can get data that you changed and want to get the version from a week ago or a month ago. It's all about how you want to do it. Simply mirroring data drives is easiest and you can even create multiple mirrors to take one off site every day in case of fire or whatever. I know you do cloud backups, which is off site. Your system is good if you do it every day. I prefer mirroring because it's automatic and better because you don't lose even a second. Your way is weak because if your drive crashes, you can only recover your last backup and lose whatever work you did that day. One day can be very valuable. What if you hire a singer for 1000 bucks or more and your drive crashes before you back it up. If you used a mirror, nothing would be lost. One consideration is to unplug your computer when you go to sleep unless you are running something overnight. A sudden storm can destroy your system with a surge from lightning. Unplugging isolates it. In short here is my recommendation
Have
-a c drive for your programs and operating system
-2 mirrored data drives set up using windows 10 mirroring system
-manually or using a back up program copy your data to an external drive at end of day,
-have a few USB 3 thumb drives always plugged in for instant backups of vital stuff or to move files to wherever
-send vital data to the cloud at end of day or twice a day

Note that you can send files to the cloud as often as makes you feel more secure. Make sure you use a very reliable and secure cloud backup provider. Nobody and no company is 100% perfect, so the more redundant, the better. Cloud storage can be gotten quite inexpensively or free in sone cases so using multiple cloud providers can be a good thing. One thing I didn't mention is the ultimate in redundancy which is a RAID system, which is a bit complex and has various configurations. Since I forget the details behind RAID, I leave it to you to research. I like the mirror solution because it's so easy to set up and understand. I think a real time backup like a mirror is a must to not lose a single byte of data unless your computer is totally destroyed instantly by a stampeding herd of large dinosaurs. You always want your data backed up to sone where that is totally offline so no hackers can get to it. That why disconnecting your external drive when not backing up is a good idea. Tbat drive is immune to a virus telling your operating system to format all drives.

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Ron Ballin 29/09/2021 - 7:10 PM

Does your content drive include all your sound libraries? I have the same 2T but there wont be enough room for all the “Logic” sessions shortly. Thanks

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Wesley K Boone 29/09/2021 - 7:10 PM

A very overlooked and essential part of the gig.

I see your video lighting is getting better. Ever consider using a LAV microphone. You sound lushes (pause), but that big ass mic is distracting as hell, and you wouldn't need to worry about leaning in and keeping your mic to mouth distance consistency. Great info!

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Keith Swan 29/09/2021 - 7:10 PM

Hey Sean, always good video content, super helpful. so thanks for that. Q: Do you have a separate 'recording drive', from your 'library drive'? ie, I have LOTS of libraries, & have one major BIG capacity store for them all. Do you? & then drag what you need onto your session drive? Or are they all there on your session / 'recording drive'? Thanks.

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Yep Yep 29/09/2021 - 7:10 PM

Sean: Love your channel. Looking at updating my computer setup. I've gone back through your videos but still don't know exactly which video monitor it is you are now using in place of the iMac. Eh?

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Ire Taylor 29/09/2021 - 7:10 PM

If you’re using a Mac,how do you manage content from Mac to external hardrive. Does all files,etc have to be installed on the Mac first,then transfer to external drive?

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Giulio Boobzilla 29/09/2021 - 7:10 PM

Can I copy a timemachine backup from High Sierra on2 a blank new Mac with Catalina and start working or will I hav 2 install everything from scratch?

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What Eva 29/09/2021 - 7:10 PM

I’m on MacOS Mojave but I want to upgrade to Catalina. All of my plugins are 64-bit but will I still have to update all of them because I installed them on Mojave? And also, should I get an external hard drive to back up my Mac in case updating to Catalina causes problems?

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