I have been working since May on this CD, All Wood and Doors, acoustic rearrangements of classic Doors songs, with my pal, Cliff Eberhardt (www.cliffeberhardt.com) and am nearly done.
I came home from the road last Wednesday and could not wait to get back to work doing the final tweaking after laying in the final guitar parts from Peter Tork (www.petertork.com) and robby krieger (www.robbykrieger.com) , then on to the final mixes.
The first thing I did was to tentatively schedule a mastering date with ace mastering engineer, Ron McMaster (yes, that’s his real name).
Then I went to work Thursday and worked about six hours. That night my wife came in and I showed her what I had been doing. Suddenly the computer shut down. Simply turned itself off.
Odd, I thought and as I thought this, the computer immediately rebooted itself. And then promptly shut down again.
I took over the rebooting and put it in safe mode and began diagnostics. All the while the computer would shut down again whenever it felt like it.
I quit for the night and started in the next day, to no avail. After exploring many on line alternatives, I took the computer to a computer fix it human at Fry’s, which had the best on line reputation.
Now the most important part of this discourse. Two months ago, I bought an additional hard drive and installed it. I backed everything up on that computer daily, and weekly, I backed everything up on an external drive, just to be safe.
Unfortunately, coming back from several weeks on the road, I neglected to back up the six hours work I did on Thursday, so there is a good chance that I will lose that days work, but I will lose nothing else.
Because I had the foresight to back everything up. And then do it again. This is the most important thing you can do when working with a project on a computer.
I still have my first Atari hard drive. It is as big as a shoe box and weighs about twenty pounds and it cost me $700.
Right now, you can get an immense hard drive for fifty bucks, and it’s the size of a paper back book.
Install a redundant drive in your computer and back everything up there every single day.
And buy an external drive and use that at least once a week to back up everything while you sleep.
You will not be sorry you spent the extra hundred bucks, believe me.
And one last thing, you might as well bite the bullet and purchase at least a three year service warranty when you get a new computer. I know that if they had any integrity they would back up their equipment anyhow, but once they discovered they could charge extra for it, they did it. Is gas going down?
Just factor it in to your budget when you are buying a new computer. It’s well worth it. Consider it the actual price of the computer and it won’t hurt so bad.