If you’re a content creator, a YouTuber, or a video maker, hard drives and storage are two issues you come across frequently. Video files are large and require a lot of disk space to store. The finished products – the edited videos – are just as large. A lot of content creators actually delete their old videos once the finished videos are uploaded, but this isn’t a solution for everyone either.
Backing up video files and storing them for later use aren’t as difficult as you think. You just need to have a suitable backup routine that works with your existing workflow of shooting and editing videos. These next few tips and tricks will get you started with developing your own routine in no time.
Pick a Storage Solution
There is no avoiding getting extra hard drives for your video files. Fortunately, hard drives are a lot cheaper than they were a few years ago. You can pick up a 2 TB external drive for less than $80; internal drives that can be plugged into your SATA ports directly are even more affordable.
The way you connect the drives to your computer matters too. Make sure you use the fastest connection method possible so that you don’t have to wait for hours for file transfers to complete. USB 3.0 is the minimum connection standard to have. Having USB-C 3.1 is better thanks to its faster speed.
Alternatively, you can settle for a Network Attached Storage or NAS. NAS is configurable, which means you can set it up as a RAID drive and benefit from the extra speed it offers. Besides, you can connect to a gigabit network and have an incredible transfer rate out of the box with RAID 0.
Know What to Back Up
Secure Data Recovery, a leading data recovery service provider, recently suggested doing some spring cleaning and de-cluttering your data regularly. This is a good tip to keep in mind when designing a backup routine. The last thing you want is a cluttered backup and thousands of files you don’t use filling precious disk space.
The same principle applies to backing up video files. The bad shots, repeats and videos that are no longer useful should be deleted before you begin the backup process. The same can be said for videos that have been used in one of your posts; chances are you don’t want to use the same video footage twice, do you?
Consider the Cloud
Uploading large files to the cloud is a pain, but that doesn’t mean you should dismiss cloud backups altogether. You can still store the finished videos and other smaller files in the cloud for better safekeeping.
You can choose to compress video files before the upload starts. This way, you’re not wasting bandwidth and can get the upload process finished in no time. Once the video files are in the cloud, you can maintain an incremental backup more easily. Combined with the previous two tips, you should have a good backup routine that will help safeguard your precious video footage and files.