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Michel R. E.
Date Joined May 2003
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| Posted 3/15/2006 3:16 PM (GMT -6) |
Daniel Schell said...
And the last question
As we had recently big troubles with Finale files corrupted, we thought that the suspected causes would be:
- usage of repeated copiyng and saving from one file to another.
- usage of too large files, our files are about 500-700 k about 30-50 pages of score for 25 instruments
- some unknown technical hard (Hard-disk checking, virus scans), or soft-problem.(Windows...?
Is a a 500-700 k about 30-50 pages of score for 25 instruments a big file?
Are some of you just working a complete symphonie (the Turangalila symphonie :0) in just one file?
I just finished 91 pages in one file, for piccolo, 2 flute staves, oboe, english horn, 2 clarinet staves, 2 bassoon staves, 7 horn staves, 3 trumpet staves, 3 trombone staves, tuba, 9 percussion staves, and 5 string staves.... (btw, each staff was an independant MIDI channel as well)
that's 30 minutes of music.
is that large enough?
Finale versions: 3.0 -> 2006
currently installed: version 3.7.1 (under Win 3.11), 2005b, 2006b
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Date Joined Dec 2004
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| Posted 3/16/2006 4:13 PM (GMT -6) |
Peter West said...
The biggest File I've made was a 2 act opera, 444 pages on A4 with 46 staves in scroll view, optimised.
Corruptions seem to be random events. I think I must have had 4 or 5 in the 16 years I'vebeen using Finale.
The only answer is to back up regularly and keep at least 2 old versions. When I'm working consistently on one score I back uup 5 times a day and don'tt overright until the whole job is finished.
Once I have a finnished score I make a backup on another disk and a CD copy
I think you are the wise man! We should keep very regular BU's on CD's AND KEEP the CD's, not throwing them after one year. Files are probably getting slowly corrupted if they stay the whole year round on our HD's, who knows?
During the day I BU on my key, and once a week (hopefully) on CD/DVD. but we work in network with 3 PC's.
What do you mean by:
"and don'tt overright until the whole job is finished."
You mean that you don't "overwrite"
We keep Paganini_101, Paganini_102, Paganini_103 and so on ...
That's what you mean.
And with the originals, we keep them on CD
Yes, perhaps repeatedly saving them brings corruption.
Daniel Schell, composer
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Date Joined Nov 2003
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| Posted 3/16/2006 5:38 PM (GMT -6) |
|Uh-oh, is this going to be a "Mine's bigger than yours!" type of thread? |
I recently finished my Master's thesis, but I'm not telling you how long it is. That's a personal question!
However, on the subject of backing up files, here's my method:
At the end of the day, I usually archive the file(s) on which I'm working in this manner: Using a compression tool called 7-zip, I create a 7z (or Zip) archive of the Finale files. I make sure to enable password protection and provide a strong password. Then I e-mail the archive to a dedicated e-mail account (Gmail is great for this - they currently offer 2.7 gigabytes of free storage). Since the archive is password protected, I don't really worry about anyone stealing my work. Since my backups are stored in e-mail, I don't have to worry about my computer crashing, and my files are available to me at any location where I have internet access.
If the worst were to happen (computer explodes, fire, etc.), I'll never lose more than one day of work.
"Writing music with theory in mind is like wearing underwear that's too tight. It's restricting!"
Constantly campaigning for Finale on Linux....
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| Posted 3/17/2006 5:00 AM (GMT -6) |
|David, what i meant by overwrite was: if you keep multiple copies of an ongoing project, you could end up with a huge number of files, effectively snapshots of work in progress as many as 4 or 5 times a day, and copies. Once the project is finnished, secure and backed up on CD/DVD, all of those copies are no longer needed, the disk space can be reused/ they can be trashed/you can overwrite them...different ways of saying the same thing.|
Oh, one other thing, backing up to CD/DVD, don't ever assume that the CD.DVD is ok without checking at least some of the files before trashing the original disk copies!
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