Last week we finished our series on the proper sequence to photo editing. (Sharpening with the High Pass Filter). It’s been fun taking this journey with you, and I appreciate all of your feedback on the series.
Tomorrow is World Backup Day. So today let’s talk about document and photo backup. This week I received emails from three different customers who either had a hard drive or an External Hard Drive (EHD) crash, which resulted in their losing all of their digital supplies. They were contacting designers from whom they had purchased before, trying to recover some of the products they had previously purchased. I’m always glad to help when that happens, but in reality, it’s not likely that anyone is going to be able to recover 100% of what they lose in a crash, whether it is digi-products or photos. So I thought this would be a good time to review ways to backup our data.
I’ve listed 6 backup options below, with a few facts for each option.
- Save to an EHD:
- EHD’s are typically very easy to use.
- Prices have come down, making EHDs more affordable than ever before.
- EHD’s do run the risk of failure.
- Solid State Drives have less risk of failing.
- Burn to a DVD:
- While this is a reliable method, it can be time-consuming.
- DVD’s can be stored in a second location (away from your home), which provides safety.
- This can become expensive if you have a lot of data to backup.
- You have to remember to keep burning new data.
- Put on a USB Flash Drive:
- USB Drives are portable, making them easy to store in another location for safety.
- Flash Drives are not always reliable.
- You have to remember to keep backing up new data.
- Save to a NAS Device:
- A NAS device (network attached storage) is a server whose sole purpose is to save data.
- You can set an automatic backup and just let it run.
- They can be expensive. (PC Reviews on NAS devices).
- Cloud Storage:
- Dropbox; iCloud; Google Drive; OneDrive: Many of us already use these storage devices for saving documents or transferring files. Typically, for the amount of data that most of us probably have, we would need to pay for additional storage to make this a completely viable option.
- Amazon Prime Members get ulimted storage in Amazon’s Prime Photos.
- My experience with Dropbox is that sometimes it can be quirky.
- Online Backup:
The recommendation by professionals is that you choose and consistently backup in 2 ways.
I personally back up in 3 ways:
- I have several hard-drives in my computer, and backup my digi-supplies and photo from one hard drive to another. (I only do this because the extra drive was there and empty, so why not use it.)
- I back up to an EHD.
- I use BackBlaze as an online backup.
Here is an article that compares BackBlaze to Carbonite and iDrive. (Advert)
I hope this is helpful for you as you think about protecting your data. The last thing any of us want to do is lose our photos, our digi-supplies, or the layouts we work so hard on!