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  • jmrami

    Hi, I have a question… every time i create hot cues, loops etc in Traktor Pro 2 I need After that backup the songs where i made those changes?? The loops and hot cue aren’t save in the root file of Traktor???
    I ask this, because i usually bought the songs and saved in a external hard drive (backup) and keep it also in my pc… but when i work with Traktor, i work with the finles in my pc. A few weeks ago i have a problem with my computer and i saved the root file of Traktor (i thought that file keep the loops, hots cues , grid etc), but when i reset the computer and install traktor and the files… i found my playlist… but the songs doesn’t have the loops, hot cue etc…. i couldn’t find any of my loops and hot cues….
    It’s any way to get again my loops, hot cues and grid??
    Thank you for your help.

  • Irvin Cee

    Use the free Sync Toy (Microsoft) to sync (use Echo sync type) your music and other files to 1 or more external drives /NAS..
    Goes very fast after the first sync because syncs only changed files.

  • textur

    Oops, sorry for reposting.. Last time there was an “There was internal server error while processing your request”, so I tried again..

  • Max Yankov

    I’m really surprised that this whole article doesn’t have two simple words: Time Machine. Majority of Djs and music producers use OS X, which has a great built-in backup tool. Or may be it has some flaws that I don’t know about yet?

  • Google Play…upload/backup 20,000 songs for freeeeee…problem solved

  • roadieflip

    This has got me thinking… I think I’m going to a fresh install of windows and get my system set up as I want it, (including all my drivers) then back that all up to a recovery partition, so if it all goes tits up, I have a quick way of restoring my system. I’m also going to duplicate that hard drive ontoan identical hard drive, so if I have a massive hard drive failure, I can just swap it out for the good one.

    Great article. Certainly made me think about what could happen…

  • Armando

    What about carbon copy cloner?

  • The Witch Dr.

    Listen to this post! Just this past weekend I had the power supply go out on my External Drive. I have learned to invest in another hard drive. I bought a 1TB passport and made an exact copy of my music folder. So the 20 Mins. I had left before the show started, I tried troubleshooting. When all failed I pluged in my passport and was ready to go. Good thing I updated the spare a week earlier, or I would have been missing some newer tracks. You should always have a spare drive (even if your broke, make an exception and find a way to afford it. I did). For major events it’s best to have a spare laptop also. I have my MacBook Pro as my main laptop, and a stripped down toshiba which just runs the OS and Traktor (Got that laptop for super cheap 395.99). I would hate to refund someone $1000.00+ because My gear failed and I could fulfill my contract. This is something I always worry about, So I try to make sure I have a way out for almost any situation.

  • Josef

    Thanks for the article by the way. I reminded me that a new backup is due 😉

  • Josef

    I do a backup of my complete hd on a regular basis and save it an a external hd (I use Acronis). Additionally, I copy all my precious data, settings et cetera on the same external hd.

    I also use USB flash drive, whereon my best tracks and current mixes are saved, just in case. On my smart phone I save the very same data like on the USB flash drive.

  • I use a multi-tier/multi-vendor approach:

    1. Music Only backup to external drive which I try to sync on a weekly basis. Many tools can be used from RSYNC and SyncToy on the PC side to CCC and others on Mac.

    2. iTunes Match. I subscribed to this to (a) update my old library of 128k ripped songs and (b) provide a way not only to have music “in the cloud” but also to free up disk space of nearly-never-used songs.

    3. Crash Plan. I subscribe to Crash Plan to make a complete replica of my laptop in case of theft or cataclysmic failure. All my music, settings, etc. are synced.

    Future: Right now I use a Traktor Kontrol S2, but I am considering switching over to Denon SC3900s so I have a more modular approach to playback and “Disaster Recovery” scenarios. Say if my laptop dies mid-gig, I pop in a thumb drive and can keep the night going. If I lose a deck, I can play hybrid laptop/1 deck.

  • René H

    I’m on Mac and use Timemachine for backup at home and I have my iTunes library in a Google Drive folder, so it’s backed up to Google Drive Cloud.

  • I just back up to flash drive and a second hard drive with my OS installed on it so I can just pop it into the laptop if the main one goes bad.

  • I was setting up some cloud storage and I accidentally deleted the My Documents folder where traktor and ableton’s settings are saved. it’s not in the recycle bin, how do I get it back? am I going to have to reinstall the programs?

  • My Traktor folder (which contains all the Traktor data) is sitting inside my Dropbox folder.
    This way, every time I make a change – it’s being saved automatically.
    I addition, my entire music collection is also sitted within Dropbox – so everything is backed up – and synced with my other “work” Macbook Pro’s.
    It’s the only way to fly 🙂

  • Is it possible to permanently put Serato folders in a custom directory? (In Dropbox for instance)

  • DJ Ataru

    I have a big problem in that I use iTunes as my Library for the obvious reasons and move the music to my laptop as gigs warrant. But on my laptop, I add all the Cue points, Loops, etc. Now I have a source file in my iTunes’ library that is out of sync with my Traktor use of it. And refreshing the playlists removes the Traktor changes.

    Anyone have a good way to use iTunes far superior song management capabilities and still have a flexible gig setup? I am thinking of moving the iTunes lib to an external drive and using it as my source. Any other ideas.

  • Philip

    I really can recommend iTunes Match! It’s something like 20 bucks a year, it backs up everything from your iTunes Library automatically. Only issue is, that tracks you bought for example in 320kbit at Beatport, get converted to a 256kbit track. But this happens only, if the track is available via iTunes. Otherwise everything gets uploaded into the iCloud, but there is no limit of space!

  • Dan

    All my tunes are stored on a 500gb external hard drive, i use ‘Carbon Copy Cloner’ on my macbook pro to clone that drive to a 500gb partition on a 1TB external hard drive – the other 500gb partition is a clone of my internal hard drive. I keep the 1TB hard drive at my day job office so if my house burnt down i’m covered.

    I also carry an iPad with Algoriddim’s Djay app installed and the Griffin DJ cable – There’s about 6 hours of decent tunes on there that’ll get me through the night.

    I also carry a loaded old skool iPod and my iPhone has Djay installed with a tonne of tunes.

    All this came in handy last weekend when some idiot thought it’d be cool to throw pints of water at me and my gear mid set. Soaked my S4 and Mackbook so i ended up finishing the night on the iPad.

    TIP: you can never have too many backups.

    • I would have literally murdered that dip-shit!

    • cosmodrome

      Yes. That’s my words. Use one of the bazillions of etablished or at least trustworthy backup solutions out there. The problem is not exactly new and there’s no need to hand-roll some special “DJ-backup” plan.

  • Backblaze.com. Nuff said.

  • foos

    The article needs to separated into OS backup and data backup. Ghosting and OS imaging vs simple folder updating is really comparing apples and oranges in terms of what knowledge is needed and what works.

    [WIndows:] MS Sync Toy (google it) is a great free sync software. Reminder that Traktor updates an mp3 each time you load/reload/edit cues in your ‘main’ DJ computer. Keep that computer as the source and mirror it to at least one redundant backup, and update it each time you play or perform.

  • I run a dual boot PC/Ubuntu & Mac a OS on two computers. Then use an RSYNC batch I wrote to both upload my shit to a server and then to clone the harddrives onto a RAID. I’m a programming nerd. This is probably not the solution most of you would want to use. This way I can rate and grid tracks at work on my Mac and then sync it to my PC waiting for me back at home. Both operating systems use a different folder structure which is why I had to write a script to handle it. Otherwise if my DJ comp was a Mac I would use Timemachine or something. But who wants to spend $3k on something some asshole will spill beer over?

    • DJ Ataru

      If you see my question above, I thought of Rsync as a possible way to merge the two libraries. But I like being able to move just playlists using TuneRanger for particular gigs..something Rsync cannot do (without parsing the XML for locations and building an Rsync include file…).

      Anyway, I love Rsync either way!

  • I’ve been keeping my iTunes and Traktor libs on a thumb drive and then using the free crashplan (crashplan.com) to backup the drive to my laptop and desktop. The nice thing is it automatically backups thumb drives when you plug them in, and you can remove them at any time and it will continue where it left off. Since I’m backing up to my other computers, which also have time machine, I even have versioned backups of my backups. If you upgrade to their online backup they support versioning and you can listen to your tracks from the mobile app.

  • apcut

    i use a cheap synology diskstation which makes automatic back-up everyday and allows you to acces your data anywhere over the internet as you have a tiny server of your own.

  • T’CharleS

    Am I the only one to version my files (GIT-based) besides having an incremental save ready all the time ? Data loss is the worst but sometimes just not being able to go back to a previous state of your configuration/library/project files/etc. is a huge loss…

    • I used SparkleShare, which is a networked backup app based on GIT. Git doesn’t handle binary files well though and the library quickly got extremely bloated.

  • Eddie

    Yeah, I didn’t lose my library but lost all my Traktor data for my tracks. So many hours… days of work lost. Backing up is a good thing 😉

  • Wookie

    Currently I just use Time Machine to backup my music (itunes library). When it comes to gigs, my “First Aid Kit” is 8GB USB with the hottest track – so I can use them with CD-players/other laptop. Sometimes also few cds in backpack.
    Next move will be probably to move all music to external HD and play with it tho.

  • Nitin Malhotra

    Backup is a must for ones important data………
    online data storage

  • For Windows i’ve been using Acronis in the past years and it saved my ass a couple of times. Great piece of software worth every cent.

  • Nitin Malhotra

    wonderful article… very interesting and useful
    online data storage

  • Very Nice!!