Archiving File-Based Media from Cards

Unlike tape, which is cheap enough to archive permanently, cards are expensive to use for long-term file storage. Therefore, you need to erase your cards to make room for more recording. Before you erase your cards, you should archive their contents in case you need the media later.

You can back up a card’s media in two ways:

Archiving to a Folder

You can copy the folder of a volume directly in the Finder, or you can use the Archive to Folder command in the Browse area of the Log and Transfer window.

To create a copy of the folder of a volume using the Log and Transfer window
  1. In the Browse area, make sure the Hierarchical List View button is selected.

  2. Select the volume you want to copy.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • Control-click the volume, then choose Archive to Folder from the shortcut menu.

    • Choose Archive to Folder from the Action pop-up menu in the upper-right corner of the Browse area.

  4. Enter a name for the copied folder. By default, the name of the volume is used.

Archiving to a Disk Image

The Archive to Disk Image command produces a readable, writable disk image that is easily stored on other hard disks or disc media and can be easily opened to access the archived content.

To create a disk image of a card
  1. In the Browse area, make sure the Hierarchical List View button is selected.

  2. Select the card whose contents you want to archive.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • Control-click the card icon, then choose Archive to Disk Image from the shortcut menu.

    • Choose Archive to Disk Image from the Action pop-up menu in the upper-right corner of the Browse area.

  4. Enter a name for the disk image file. By default, the name of the volume is used.

Important: The name you enter here is the name of the disk image (.dmg) file, not the name of the disk image contained within it.

To rename a mounted volume of an archived disk image
  1. In the Log and Transfer window, select a volume and then choose Archive to Disk Image from the Action pop-up menu in the Browse area.

    A new disk image (.dmg) file is created on the desktop.

  2. Switch to the Finder (click the Finder icon in the Dock, or press Command-Tab).

  3. Double-click the new disk image you just created to mount it on the desktop.

  4. Select the mounted volume on the desktop, then press Return to select the volume name.

  5. Enter a new name for the mounted volume, then press Return.