Here’s another no image post, but a post about thousands of images. And here is a question for you all. How do you back up your images? Well I have a very reliable if a little difficult way that I back up all my photographic images. I don’t worry about my documents or programs because I just don’t have that many to worry about.
There are many ways that you can back up. Burn images to a cd, dvd or blu-ray disc. Have an external hard drive that carries a copy of everything on your internal hard drive. Or you can upload everything to The Cloud. Which frankly scares me a lot. What happens if it’s a clear sunny day and you want to retrieve some of your images. Where are they? Seriously, where do they go? I have no idea how any of that works. The one thing I do know is that is your Cloud Company goes belly up, you may have a hard time getting your picture back.
Well here is my totally convoluted yet completely secure system, and I will share all my secrets with you. First I drag images off my camera’s card to an external hard drive. My file system is very simple. A folder with the year 2012, and four sub-folders with the quarters such as January to March. I’m pretty good at remembering when something took place but if you need help then a program like Adobe Lightroom is very helpful if you take the time to do your keywording properly (I am not!). After I have dragged every file to it’s proper folder on the hard drive I do it again to an identical hard drive. I have two in case one fails. Seems like a good and simple plan Mike. That’s just the beginning.
Next I burn a disc like a DVD or now a Blu-Ray disc of all the images. I used to be able to get a whole year on a DVD and now I need a Blu-Ray disc per quarter. I do throw out a lot of images and I’m not a rapid fire crazy sports shooter. After I have the one disc completed I burn another identical disc.
So now I have my images in four places. Two hard drives and two discs. Well that’s just great Mike but what’s so secret or spectacular about that? Well even though I have four copies of my images I really only have them in TWO DIFFERENT PLACES!!! Two hard drives and one disc are in my house. The fourth copy is at my office building. You can back up till your blue in the face like I do, but what if your house catches fire and burns to the ground. That’s why my one copy is at work. I figure that the odds of both buildings catching fire and destroying everything is about 80 Bazillion to one. And if the whole world is on fire, well then we have bigger things to worry about.
The cost of my back up is really small. The hard drives were $100 a piece and the Blu-Ray discs are about $1.00 a piece. I figure that’s a lot cheaper that an online service. So there you go, there’s my secret back up plan. Hope this is helpful to you and keep on shooting… pictures that is.