We’ve seen it happen time and again. The storm clouds start brewing. Disaster strikes. It could be a sudden flood, hurricane or any number of things.
It leaves you wondering, “when disaster strikes are your images safe?”
Many times I’ve seen people on the news rummaging through the ruble that used to be their home. What are they looking for? Family albums. They want their memories back.
I’ve always thought about making sure my images are safe and secure.
Since we live in a digital age there’s more we can do than ever before to protect them. Keeping those precious memories is a top priority.
There are a number of ways we can back up our files whether you are a professional photographer and videographer like myself or not.
You may wonder whether putting them on a disk or backup drive is enough.
Let’s consider 3 options.
1: On site RAID Systems. Have you heard of this before? This is a system where instead of having just one hard drive storing your data, it is mirrored by another hard drive.
For instance if you have 1TB of hard drive running on RAID you’d have just 500 GB’s.
That 500 GB will always have a duplicate on another drive, which means that in the event of a disc failure or a crash you can recover your data from the second storage disc.
Although this can help with corrupted data it won’t protect you from theft or if there’s disaster like the building being destroyed.
2: Online Backup Systems. This is probably the most popular option right now. With all of the cloud storage available you can find a price that’s right for you while protecting you images. You can even back up your video if you are a videographer.
You can choose to back up your data at whatever interval fits your needs.
3: Dropbox. This is one of the first places I started using for our images. It was extremely simple to back up files.
If you are not familiar with Dropbox you have a folder on your computer that is designated the Dropbox folder. Anything that you have in the folder is automatically backed up .
You can either manually save your data to the Dropbox folder or you can work directly out of your Dropbox folder.
Dropbox folders can also be shared so if you have images that are being edited by a team member of yours who is in another location they can take those photos out of the folder, edit and then place the images back in so you can access them.
Ultimately you need to decide what options work best for you considering upload times.
Your images are valuable to you and your clients so it’s important that you back them up should any issues ever arise.
Imagine a bride and groom who face a disaster and their wedding images are lost forever. They may contact you asking if by any chance you have copies of their photos/videos. How amazing would it be for you to give them back their memories that can never be repeated? It gives me Goosebumps just thinking about it.
What if you have boxes of old photos? How do you go about preserving them? Although it can be time consuming you can scan your old photos turning them into digital files.
As for old film you can have it sent out to a service where they will take that footage and put it onto a disc.
We live in a digital age and it’s wonderful to have so many options to preserve our memories.
How do you currently back up your data?
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