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Best backup method and technology for FLAC collection

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I am in the middle of ripping my 800 CD collection to FLAC. It's been even more of a pain in the butt then I expected and I never want to do it again.

 

What is the most reliable system and hardware for ensuring you never lose your music?

 

I'm ripping directly to a WD HDD andI plan to make copies to two SDHC cards, which I will then use in my DAP. Is there much of a difference in the reliability of external HDDs and SDHC cards? Is there good software for synchronizing the content of these two storage devices?

 

Also, I recently had a bunch of flac files corrupted when copying them from my old laptop to my external HDD. They appear in windows explorer, but not in foobar and they don't play. Is there any way to avoid this?

post #2 of 8
Synctoy is a Microsoft application that would let you set up two storage areas to sync, and it has an echo option which I like for backing up my music. I've tried others, and always come back to it. It has been around for years.

Flash media "ages" by writing to it, but can be read over and over again. As opposed to a mechanical hard drive which is always moving when reading and writing.

I use two external hard drives for backing up my collection. One is for frequent backups, the other for more longer term. That way I have two copies of everything backed up.
post #3 of 8
It might not be the best way, but here is my setup for approximately 700 GBs. I have a Synology NAS set up in RAID 1 (2 drives mirrored) which is used for playback. One hard drive for backup that I keep at home and another I keep at work. I sync the one at work approximately once a month. It would take a major catastrophe for me to lose my collection.

The most important thing is that one backup is off site. It could be online or just a hard drive stored somewhere else.

I wish I could use a cloud backup for the NAS but it is too expensive.
Edited by Radioking59 - 1/22/13 at 8:23pm
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks.

 

Anyone know why flac files can get corrupted copying from one drive to another and how to avoid that?

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Originally Posted by Stuff Jones View Post

 

Also, I recently had a bunch of flac files corrupted when copying them from my old laptop to my external HDD. They appear in windows explorer, but not in foobar and they don't play. Is there any way to avoid this?

Once my files are tagged and ready to go, I always do this....

 

 

Which leads to this....

 

 

 

Click OK, there, and that seems to prevent corruption for me.

post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks very much Achmedisdead! Hope this works for me too.

post #7 of 8

FLACs should not get corrupted by theirselves, you got some virus or whatever on your pc that does such a thing

 

but anyway read only or even encrypted may work for you, but  as i said IT SHOULD NOT HAPPEN.

post #8 of 8
A common source of file corruption is bitflip errors with bad RAM. Running memtest86+ is always a good idea. It can take a lot of time to run though, but it's worth it.
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