Archiving old projects: what to keep?
My 1TB system hard drive is nearly full, and I'm woefully unprepared for how to deal with it. I knew I'd hit this point sooner or later, but frankly didn't think I'd hit it this soon. However, after transcoding the screen capture files for part two of the animated lines tutorial, I found myself left with just under 700MB of free space. The export for part one was over 1GB, so I'm already scrambling to figure out what I can delete just to have enough space to export this project. I have no idea how I'll free enough space to do another one.
So far I haven't been able to offload any of the project files for the other tutorials I've made. I have a 500MB external drive that's nearly full, and another (1TB, I think) that I bought ages ago and never hooked up, but I can't find the power supply for it. Unfortunately I’m not in a financial position to just go buy another external drive, but I might just have to suck it up and add it to the credit card (which is already close to its max after our move a couple months back).
Anyway, I'm curious to hear what others do with their old project files, especially anyone else who creates tutorials. Right now, the vast majority of my projects are tutorials, so I've got lots of massive transcoded screen captures. Part of me is thinking that once the tutorial is edited and published, those screen captures aren't worth keeping. It's not like I'm going to reuse them for anything, and I could free up gigabytes of space by deleting them. But I'm also slightly paranoid that some totally unforeseen situation might arise where I might want them. Then again, I've been making HitFilm tutorials for a year and a half, and so far that situation has yet to arise.