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Everyone: Are you doing regular backups of your sequences?

 

I am not sure how you make backups of your LOR sequences.

 

For xLights there is a built in backup command . "File, Backup" will backup every xml file you have. This will include all your sequences, your models, your SETUP info. It will only take 1-2 seconds. You can do a backup hundreds of times per day, if you want. You will find a sub-directory under your show directory called Backup. My show directory is C:\Vixen.2.1.1\Sequences so all my backups are located C:\Vixen.2.1.1\Sequences\Backup

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I do backups to thumb drive and DVD on a constant basis. See here as to why. Just go down to my post.

http://forums.lightorama.com/index.php?/topic/31706-lor-software-update/

You can store your sequences wherever you want. I have mine in directories by holiday and year. Example. C:/LOR/halloween2013/sequences.

I also have my superstar sequences in its own directory.

I save anything new on the thumb and then I save my years worth on DVD.

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Every year you read the painful posts of people that have lost countless hours of work due to a computer crash! After every sequencing session I back up to a thumb drive, SD card and another computer.

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DropBox to save me from disk crash, and more importantly to transfer to the show computer.  and CrashPlan for real backups to protect me from stupidity,  Overwrite a sequence, delete a directory etc.  If you have two computers Crash plan is free,  You can even host your friends backups.  So you could exchange backup space with another LOR user. 

 

With CrashPlan I can go back an hour, day, week, month, year...  

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My normal routine goes something like this.  Both the show PC and my desktop are using a mapped drive on my server.  That is a RAID-1 protected drive so in the event of a single drive failure, I'm safe.  About once a week I backup the server to an external hard drive which is then taken to my office at work so in the event of a problem that takes out the server completely (house burns down, major theft, Sax's RansonWare, etc), the data is sitting somewhere else.  I have multiple external hard drives that are rotated so there are a couple older versions if needed.  Lastly, my LOR files are also copied to Google Docs after almost every sequencing session so they are off site at yet another location.  While I am sequencing, the file being worked on is saved with a new filename regularly with the date and time as part of the file name so it's easy to tell what is newer than what.  For example a file might be:

Hark the Herald Angles Sing 2014-06-30_2145.lms

I'll bet most of you can figure out exactly when that fictional filename was created.  Usually when I am completed sequencing for an evening (and happy with it) or the next session, I will delete the intermediate versions leaving only the last version of the night.

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