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Old 07-06-2010   #1
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I'd be interested to know what everyone's routine is for backing up photographs.

I'll kick things off by going over what I do currently.

All of my photos get backed up nightly to a Windows Home Server box (6 TB of storage, total), which also backs up my primary computers. The photos themselves are also replicated on another server. And then critical folders on the Windows Home Server box are also backed up either nightly or weekly. I have the entire collection also stored off site in the form of standard backups to external drives.

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Default Re: Your backup strategy for photos

I use Mozy which backs up in parallel to a remote server and to a local USB drive attached to my computer.

Even though I have Mozy remote it is much faster to restore using a local drive so If I am going to be away I store the external drive off the premises - office, friends etc.

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Mine are backed up to a 1TB drive and an external 2 TB drive.
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Default Re: Your backup strategy for photos

Backups of RAW files to a separate hard drive. Backups of all photos, including the original RAW files, to a different separate hard drive.
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Default Re: Your backup strategy for photos

In the field I download the cards to a 500 Gb Hyperdrive and then copy it to a 500 Gb WD Passport as back-up and carry them separately.

When I get home, copy either of the above to an internal hard drive and to an external one as an archive...all images bad and good ones. Then use the internal hard drive as the source of material and the images selected transferred to a working hard drive. The working hard drive is then backed-up/updated to another external hard drive regularly. Too much redundancy I know but storage is cheap.
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Default Re: Your backup strategy for photos

I saw this on Chase Jarvis' blog site. He has an impressive backup strategy!
Complete Workflow, Storage & BackUp for Photography + Video | Chase Jarvis Blog

I'm not a professional, but I don't want to lose my precious photo's too, so my humble backup strategy:
- Time machine is making an hourly backup of my Macbook
- Once a week I'm synchronising all pics (RAW and edited) to a NAS server (RAID1) using rsync.
- Regularly ( but not regular enough) I make an extra backup on an encrypted external disk, which I keep offsite most of the time.

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My backup strategy is a three-tiered procedure similar to Andre's:

1. Hourly backups from my iMac via Time Machine to an Apple Time Capsule.

2. Weekly (or so) backups to an external hard drive via SuperDuper backup software.

3. Monthly (or so) backups of just the image files to another external hard drive.

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Default Re: Your backup strategy for photos

This subject gets posted again and again. Instead of reposting my replies to a previous one I will just suggest that anyone wanting information on this do a search on the subject.
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Negatives/positives/prints are stored in the house along with family pictures and negatives dating back just over 100 yrs. Digital files/scans are stored on 2 separate external hard drives. Family pictures are always printed. Most of the time I shoot film and I save the hard copy of course. The files from my D200 are saved in the same manner without the negative obviously.
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Default Re: Your backup strategy for photos

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This subject gets posted again and again. Instead of reposting my replies to a previous one I will just suggest that anyone wanting information on this do a search on the subject.
I guess the moderator won't mind this repost


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