3-2. Copying Content to the Internal Hard Disk (HDD)
Copying content to the Aurender's internal Hard Disk Drive (HDD) may be achieved a number of ways. How the content is copied will largely depend on the location of the existing files.
In general, most end users will have digital files located in a folder on a PC or Mac. Many end users will have this content also backed up to an external device such as a USB external memory or network attached storage (NAS) device. If the content is only located on a computer or NAS, and there is no other backup available, it is strongly recommended to purchase a USB external disk for archiving content and for routine backups. Hard disks can fail, and so can RAID controllers on NAS device - having a single music backup disk that is filed away for safekeeping is recommended.
Ideally, best practice for your digital music library is as follows:
Purchase at least one USB external disk with as much storage needed for current and future digital audio files.
Copy all existing digital audio files to the USB disk.
Purchase a NAS device with enough storage for all local content regardless of file type for routine backup of local computers.
Copy the music content from the USB disk to the NAS, and to the Aurender (or from the NAS to the Aurender). File the USB disk away in a safe location (fire proof safe, etc.).
As new content is added, it should be saved to the NAS drive, and routinely backed up to the USB external disk. It may then be copied to the Aurender using one of the transfer methods.
By following the above mentioned best practice for your digital media, safeguards are taken against losing any content should one (or more) or the devices' hard disks fail.