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Hello GISers,

I am posting a question here is how do I backup mxd files for later use ? Is there a good way around ? I know there is a way to do that by zip it or burn to DVD. I'd like to throw this question here.

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ZIP it all up, source files being used in ArcMap, folders, rasters, absolutely everything. And check the pathways as well. And a DVD or a regular blank CD is a good idea for a backup aqs long as you don't damage it.

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Yeah, basically backup all data referenced by the mxd. The best way to make sure that it will work afterwards is to store relative paths in the MXD. Basically then, if everything is on the same drive (otherwise an absolute path will be stored which you must make sure is still valid when using the project the next time) you're ready to backup any wy you like - zip, burn, copy.
My preferred way is to keep all data in subdirectories of the MXD path.

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Thanks everyone. How about backup data that are larger than 1 GB ? Are there any good resources that I can use ?

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Robert - you have loads of options: External disk, Backup robot, SAN, on-line backup, compression (might fit on a cd after zipping), dvd.

Personally I love background on-line backup - Mozy, Carbonite or BackBlaze (I use the latter).
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