Using a file system to archive your material provides the quickest method of archiving and restoring your material, and offers full support for mixed-resolution projects. It is the only archive format directly accessible by Flare.
However, archiving large projects may require a significant amount of local or networked storage hardware. As the storage hardware features and capabilities evolve, using external USB 2.0/FireWire® (IEEE 1394) hard drives offers a cheap alternative for archiving projects. These devices can be formatted as ext2, ext3, or Mac® file systems. NTFS and FAT are not supported. External USB 2.0/FireWire devices can be used.