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I'm sure this is the stupid question of the day. But I don't want to make a fatal error.

 

Once I have finished editing and burning a DVD, I need to know which files I can delete from the harddrive. I would like to keep the file that seems to open up the project. File ends with .dmsd on the hard drive for a little while. However, all the clips that are in seperate folders do those need to stay. Does this .dmsd program go back and look for the other files on the hard drive.

 

Taking baby steps!

 

Thank for all the help!

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I'm sure this is the stupid question of the day. But I don't want to make a fatal error.

 

Once I have finished editing and burning a DVD, I need to know which files I can delete from the harddrive. I would like to keep the file that seems to open up the project. File ends with .dmsd on the hard drive for a little while. However, all the clips that are in seperate folders do those need to stay. Does this .dmsd program go back and look for the other files on the hard drive.

 

Taking baby steps!

 

Thank for all the help!

 

Do not delete any of the files that you use to create your project until you have completed your project (burned to DVD) and are 100% sure you will never again make any changes to your project

 

The dmsm or dmsd files are simple text files (in XML format) that only contain your editing instructions, the list of files used, etc. They do not contain any photo/video/audio files. When you re-open a dmsm or dmsd file it goes back to look for those files in their original locations. So its also a good idea to keep all files in one single folder and never move them

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Before you begin a large project, or while its in production, place all the pictures/videos in a file for example "Slide show for Wilma". In this file (on the "C" drive) are subfiles you create for stills and videos along with the Roxio project file saves. When the project is done, (after creating an iso for future copies ) to free up hard drive space, use Roxio back-up and back up the files for the project onto dvd media. Now you can delete everything. Should you ever need to re do everything, the files can be restored to the "C" drive and the roxio program will find everything in its proper place as long as all your project stuff is together. You now archive the dvd media. So far I have not had to restore and redo anything because the project is finalized per aunt Wilma or whomever and the files are kept on the hard drive for 30 days just in case. Sometimes I have given the person data dvd's with the project files minus the roxio project file. In one case someone brought me a box of about 30 assorted cd-roms and dvd's of wedding/family pictures and asked for a slide show. It helps if you get it all organized before starting.

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