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Dave Seeram is the Editor of PhotographyBB Magazine, photographer, Canucks fan, Lostie,  fanboy, Dad, blogger, entrepreneur, and part-time superhero. Dave is the owner of this blog, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of the PhotographyBB Magazine and CLARITY: PHOTOGRAPHY BEYOND THE CAMERA
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  1. Burt

    That would have been a good approach 10 years ago, but is woefully out of date now…

    1) Put your photos and other important data on Drobo drives (www.drobo.com). They give you instant RAID protection, and after the enclosure, you can expand space as needed dirt cheap, with up to 8TB available if needed. (I have three of these — one for my computer, one for my wife, and one as a CrashPlan target – see below)

    2) Use an automated local backup to a cheap drive (I use a 2TB drive that cost me under $200), using whatever free software you want. On a Mac, you get Time Machine free, which gives you hourly backups. PCee users have other solutions too.

    3) Use automated off-site backup. CrashPlan (www.crashplan.com) is the best by far for something like photos that take a lot of space. I put a Drobo at my brother’s house 50 miles away. Every day my entire system is backed up to that drive, and his entire system is backed up to a drive at my house. The software is FREE, and I have 1.6 TB (1600 GB) backed up that way. My mother, brother, sister, niece and nephew all back up to my machine (you can host as many backups as you want)

    With this, the backups are automatic, brainless after the initial setup (which is dirt simple), and you will never worry about a disk crash “the day before I was really going to update my backups” (been there, done that… about 10 years ago)

    Oh yeah, if I do have a need for that backup, I can go pick it up and physically bring it to my system, allowing me to do local recovery speeds, not cloud speeds like most of the other cloud solutions need.

    FWIW, I have no relationship to any of these companies, other than as a very happy customer. My first “home computer” was a $20,000 Data General Eclipse in 1975, and I have been searching for the perfect backup solution ever since. I finally found it, with the combination of Drobo, Time Machine and CrashPlan.

  2. For digital work I import images directly from the camera CF cards into Lightroom. In LR I select the “make a second copy to” option in the File Handling Panel. After import I have two copies of the original RAW files – one on my internal HD and one on a 1 TB external HD. My internal HD is backed up using Time Machine to a second 1 TB HD. I edit the images in LR and delete rejected images from my internal HD. Sometimes the rejects are deleted before a Time Machine back up and sometimes they aren’t.

    Every morning at 9:00 AM Lacie’s free software Silverlining Pro automatically executes an incremental backup of the LR 1 TB external HD. I now have two copies of the all the original RAW files. This back up is on a smaller portable HD. When this HD fills up I store at a relative’s home. I use 250 MB drives to get the data off-site sooner.

    Time Machine also backs up my LR Catalogs. I plan to convert all my RAW LR files to DNGs, so I will be less dependent on the LR catalog file.

    Film scans are not copied to the 1 TB HD upon import. They are backed up using Time Machine. Some scans are done by a lab and they are stored on CDs. In January I plan to add my film scans to the Lacie incremental back up so there is a copy off-site.

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