What to Back Up

First of all, whenever you think about backing up, start by considering what impact losing everything on your hard drive would have on your life. If that wouldn't bother you, don't bother backing up anything.

Mark my words: graphics/warning_icon.gif There will come a day when you'll regret not backing up at least some files. Surely there's at least one file on that disk that would be missed.

Only you can decide if the source files associated with your project are important enough to back up. Imagine for a moment that your hard drive has vaporized and is gone forever.


Don't laugh it happens more often than you think.

Did your iMovies take a long time to edit and render? If so, back them up. Or, if you still have the original footage on DV tape, consider whether it would it be easier (or cheaper) to re-import and re-edit the movie or movies.

Which brings us to our first specific consideration: Do you need to back up all or some of your source material? And, if so, how often should you do it?


Source material refers to the original movies, still graphics, sound, and other content files used in your DVD.

In addition to backing up the source files, you need to consider how much time you've invested in the iDVD project itself. If you had to, could you re-create the entire DVD from scratch? And, more importantly, would you want to?


Also consider how long it will take to re-create the source material, if you don't back this material up as well.

If you have a lot of time invested and don't want to redo all that work, back up the iDVD project file as well as the source material files.


The project file is the one with the dvdproj suffix (usually) and an icon like this:


The Little iDVD Book
The Little iDVD Book
ISBN: 0321197747
Year: 2003
Pages: 62

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