I’ve been called paranoid more than once. Who said that about me? Who!? See what I mean? And when it comes to my photo data, not only am I a geek about back-ups, I’m a crazed lunatic about making sure I have a backup of my backups. However, stealing a line from Andy Groves, “only the paranoid survive.” Let me walk you through my steps.
- I download all my photos off my media cards as .DNG files. I then place these files in order by year into a folder labeled Pictures on my Drobo. The Drobo is a great storage device but almost any RAID device would work.
- I then back my Drobo up to an external drive…I know it’s crazy but stay tuned. Once I have my Drobo backup, then I’ll delete the photos off my media card. Now, when I leave on trips I can give someone the external hard drive for safe keeping. That’s a little easier than unplugging the Drobo – not to mention lighter.
- No, we’re not done yet. I told you I’m paranoid. Now after I have good backups of the Drobo files on the external drive, I then back that up to an online, offsite storage service (currently, I’m using Carbonite.) It’s cheap and seamless.
- Lastly, I make physical DVD backups of the all my .DNG files. I burn these backups to Archival GOLD DVDS. I store these DVD’s off location and I only update them monthly.
Ok, so you’re thinking too much right? Well, coming from a guy that lost four months of memories I’ll tell you it’s worth it. The bottom line is you need to back up your photos. The digital world brings many advantages to our table, but without a doubt the major disadvantage is our ability to become complacent and simply say I’ll back that up tomorrow. And when something is lost, it’s gone forever.
Update….Carbonite backs up from internal drives only. Also, they now have a Mac version.