Originally Posted by sd-cd
Is there an option to save ALL the temp/FADE etc. PT files at another partition than C:\ so I wouldn't have this issue in the future? Cause now even if my projects were saved at E:\, when I formatted C:\ PT could not find all the files (And I'm not sure why).
Are there any important and PT session files saved on C:\? I guess they are.
Do you use templates? I'm guessing you do. Is your template stored on the C drive? I'm guessing it is. You probably load the template, then select "Save As" in Protools, and save the file on the E partition.
I don't use a PC, I use a Mac. But I see this problem all the time, with engineers losing files. My first question is always, "Do you use templates?" and 99% of the time, the answer is yes.
The problem is, when you load the template file from one partition, you are in effect telling Protools you want to use that partition to record on. When you Save As, Protools still thinks you want to record your audio (and fade) files on the original drive/partition.
The correct way to use templates is to 1. create a new session on the drive you want to record to. Then, once the session is loaded, use "Import Session Data" and import the tracks, etc. from your template. This way, Protools knows which drive you want to record to, and there are no problems.
Another problem, if you don't use templates, is that any time you copy a session from one drive to another, if the original drive still exists, Protools will continue to record on the original drive, because it has no way of knowing that you have moved the session. So, any time you copy a session, the next time you open it you should go into the Disk Allocation menu and make sure all the tracks are set to the disk that you actually wish to record to.
I hope this makes sense, but it is probably the #1 problem I see with engineers just learning Protools... and it's a very dangerous way to lose files. If you only lost fade files, and not audio files, consider yourself lucky, because fade files can be recreated by Protools. Audio files cannot.