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    I am wanting to save individual project files to my USB memory stick just in case of PC failure/ theft / baby sick and other unexpected events. I've assumed the file I need is the reaper project file within the song folders however this file is only a few hundred KB which got me thinking it's something else?. I basically want all the track elements and settings of a song saving so I could load a new version of reaper up in the future and add an old song to work on with all the song components in place.

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    The .rpp file is only the project definition file. You also need to save all your WAv files.

    There are a number of ways of doing this, but here is one straightforward way.

    1 Load up Reaper and load up your song.
    2 Go File/Save Project As
    3 Navigate to the USB drive
    4 Give the project a name at 'file name'
    5 Click on 'Create sub-directory for project'
    6 Click on 'Copy all media into project directory'
    7 Click on 'save'

    This will copy all the files (including the Reaper project file) into its own directory on the USB stick.

    This is a pretty sensible saving practice to follow generally. Instead of saving to a USB stick, you save a song to your hard drive. This keeps the files altogether.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gecko zzed View Post
    The .rpp file is only the project definition file. You also need to save all your WAv files.

    There are a number of ways of doing this, but here is one straightforward way.

    1 Load up Reaper and load up your song.
    2 Go File/Save Project As
    3 Navigate to the USB drive
    4 Give the project a name at 'file name'
    5 Click on 'Create sub-directory for project'
    6 Click on 'Copy all media into project directory'
    7 Click on 'save'

    This will copy all the files (including the Reaper project file) into its own directory on the USB stick.

    This is a pretty sensible saving practice to follow generally. Instead of saving to a USB stick, you save a song to your hard drive. This keeps the files altogether.
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    I save mine to my hard drive, then I can copy the folder to my network drive. Occasionally, I'll include any reverb impulse files (I use the Samplicity files a lot).

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    Quote Originally Posted by TalismanRich View Post
    I save mine to my hard drive, then I can copy the folder to my network drive. Occasionally, I'll include any reverb impulse files (I use the Samplicity files a lot).
    That's the easiest way to do it. But remember that any VSTs/VSTis used are not saved in the project folder - the settings yes, so as long as you have all your plug-ins saved (and moved to a new computer, if that's what you do). However, I did find that the user-saved presets did not move over when I moved everything to my new computer. Not sure where they are housed in the folders.
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    All my vst source files are stored on a separate hard drive so that I can re-install them if something bad happens.

    They are installed to a couple of plugin folders on the main drive, and I just back these up from time to time. That keeps them relatively safe.

    Copying the whole folder across to a USB stick is pretty simple, but only works if you have been diligent in saving files to that folder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gecko zzed View Post
    All my vst source files are stored on a separate hard drive so that I can re-install them if something bad happens.

    They are installed to a couple of plugin folders on the main drive, and I just back these up from time to time. That keeps them relatively safe.

    Copying the whole folder across to a USB stick is pretty simple, but only works if you have been diligent in saving files to that folder.
    Can't say I've been diligent but theres a ton of wav files in the folder along with the project file...I think the default setting must send the there. Theres over 1GB in there so i assume that's the whole lot i need to be on the usb drive.

    However, I have got in a bad habit of saving every take (cos it's one less click) even if it gets overwritten on the track itself....therefore i assume a load of these wav files are redundant?...so what happens if i try to load all this onto a blank reaper template..does the project file know which wav files I was actually employing on the song?

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    It's very easy to accumulate lots of unwanted and un-needed files, and you can very quickly waste a lot of disk space.

    So good habit number 1 is to keep all the files for a particular project in the one directory.
    Good habit number 2 is to open the song project then go to file/clean current project directory, select all and delete. This will get rid of all the unused files.

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    When I do multiple mixes in Reaper, I often save assorted mixes, etc in the same file, however, it should not be generating a new set of wav files every time. Reaper does nondestructive editing, so the original audio file should remain. All you end up with is a dozen or so .RPP files. I do tend to end up with a bunch of different rendered files. On one track I did a few weeks ago, I think I was up to mix 11.

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    My unwanted files come from the process of doing a take, not much liking it but hitting save anyway...I'll give your good habit 2 a go gecko. 👍

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