Remember the video tour I posted of McPherson Studios a few weeks ago? Well, I was hanging out with Michael (the engineer) yesterday, and he was telling me about a recent session he had that almost became disastrous.

He had booked a week’s worth of sessions in the studio for an album project. They hired great musicians for the week. They originally planned to track 12 songs, but they got in the groove and ended up tracking 18. All in all a really productive week.

The last session was on Saturday, May 1st. As you may recall, we got a little bit of rain that weekend. They finished up recording, and there was a break in the rain on the forecast. They had about thirty minutes to get home before the heavy rain started up again.

Michael thought about just waiting until the next day to back up all of the files. After all, it would be there tomorrow. He’d be right back the next morning.

He was THIS close to heading out the door when he decided he better go ahead and back things up.

Fast forward to the next morning. Michael shows up, fires up Pro Tools to start working on the songs. Tries to open up the hard drive.


Yep, you guessed it. The hard drive had failed. It was one of their go-to workhorse drives, but it had decided to stop working entirely.

Did Michael freak out? Did he lose hours of recordings and flush hundreds or even thousands of dollars down the drain? Nope. He backed up.

All he had to do was pull up the backup drive and go to work. Imagine if he had decided to leave ten minutes early the day before.

I’ve said it here on HSC before, and I’m sure I’ll say it again, because it bears repeating. Back up your files. Hard drives fail. Digital media is not perfect. Don’t wait for a huge disaster to strike to develop a habit of backing up your files.

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not the best at this. I have a handful of songs that I’ve tracked vocals to that I haven’t backed up yet. I’ll be doing that today. You just never know…

Do you have any hard drive horror stories or close calls? Share them in the comments section.

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