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This tutorial will show you how to backup your GarageBand project when you are done working for the day, and restore your project when you are ready to work on your podcast again. You can save to a flash drive, hard drive, MC Storage, or cloud storage.

Note: If you wish to backup your project to the MC Storage Space, you will need to sign up before backing up your iMovie/Final Cut Pro/GarageBand project.

Sign up for MC Storage Space 

Saving Your Project

In order to save your GarageBand project when you’re ready, simply navigate to the File menu at the top of your screen and select Save As.

In this save window, you can give your project a title at the top. On the left-hand side, click on Desktop in order to save your project to the computer’s Desktop.

In the bottom-left corner, uncheck the Hide Extension box, so you can identify your file as a .band file.

Once you’ve named your project, click on Save in the bottom-right corner. This will save your GarageBand project out to the Desktop of the computer you’re working on.

Once your project is saved, you will need to quit out of GarageBand to avoid any errors. 

Do not just click the red circle, that does not close the program. Click “GarageBand” then “Quit GarageBand.”

Your saved project file will look like this on the desktop:

Now, right-click on your GarageBand project file on the Desktop, and select the “Compress” option from the drop-down menu.
This will compress your project into a .zip file, which will protect your file, and make it a universally recognized filetype. Wait for this process to complete fully.

Backing Up

Now that you’ve saved your project, you are ready to connect whichever storage method you prefer. This can be a flash drive, an external hard drive, or the Media Commons Storage Space. If you are saving to cloud storage like Google Drive, Box, or Dropbox, simply login to your account from a web browser.

If you are using a flash drive or hard drive, connect it to the iMac via USB. It will show up on the Desktop as an icon, so you can double-click on this icon to open your drive and view its contents.

If you wish to save to the MC Storage Space (after you’ve signed up for a folder), double-click on the Access My MC Storage Space icon out on your Desktop.

This will launch the MC Storage drive, but it will not open by itself. To open the drive, double-click on the blue “MC” drive that appears on the Desktop.
This window will show you a list of all of the MC Storage Space folders for which you’ve signed up. Double-click on the folder that you wish to save to, in order to open it up.
Once you have your external storage opened up (flash drive, hard drive, MC storage), simply drag your GarageBand .zip file that you created previously, over into your folder to copy it in. Wait for this process to finish.
If you are saving to cloud storage, simply upload your .zip file into your account.

After your .zip file copies into your drive or uploads fully into your cloud storage account, you are good to go! Your project is now backed up so you can access it later and continue recording and editing.

 

Restoring

When you are ready to begin working on your GarageBand project again, you will want to access whichever storage device you used to backup your project.

Once you’ve found your .zip file on your drive or downloaded it from cloud storage, you want to make sure to drag it onto your Desktop.

After you’ve copied your .zip file to the Desktop, double-click on it to unzip your project. This will bring back your GarageBand project file. Now, simply double-click on your GarageBand project to open up GarageBand and continue working on your project.