Backup anyone…?

 

I did a local backup to my home server a couple of days ago. Today I just realized that I accidentally must have deleted every single digital image pre 2005!!! 1000’s of images gone!! My heart did skip a beat, but only for a second. I logged into my backup server at work, where I keep the “second backup” of everything digital in my life… Order is now restored! ๐Ÿ™‚ Backup is an absolute must these days!

I have one local backup in for of a RAID1 external drive. This offers some protection in case of a disc failure (which is a question of when, not if) but doesn’t cover stupidity or fire/theft. Therefore I also have an old computer set up at work which offers an offsite backup solution. All digital files are kept in 2 places, a pretty good way of safe guarding your files.
There are a lot of options today, Dropbox, different clouds and crash plans. People just need to get on board. I think very few people imagine how they’ll feel if they lost every digital picture they’ve ever taken.
Keeping large volumes of data, say a couple of TB (video files often/easily compile this amount of data) can be quite costly but on the other hand: what is the cost of loosing everything…? One easy and pretty inexpensive solution is simply having an external harddrive at a relative’s house. Make a copy of all you stuff once a month and at most a month worth of data is all you’ll loose. You also get to see your relatives at a regular basis… ๐Ÿ™‚

How does everyone out there backup up all their digital content?

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mskogstrom

I work as Director of Photography based in sweden. One of my main strengths is finding the best possibilities for a chosen location, lighting it in a given time frame and producing images meeting, and hopefully exceeding the producers vision. After more than 15 years of working with the moving image I still enjoy the challange of getting โ€œthe shotโ€ and seeing the light I own/run a production company in Malmo Sweden, www.pixeltouch.se

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