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Started Mar 26, 2013 | Discussions thread
Leo360
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At least two backups in different physical locations
In reply to Steve Bingham, Mar 27, 2013

Steve Bingham wrote:

For whatever reason many photography users store their photos on their computer. Maybe 99.99%.

The problem is, far too few back up their files (photographs). This is a disaster waiting to happen. I use software by Acronis and back up my work every week - automatically - to an external hard drive. Using the cloud is another alternative - and some use both.

Two days ago my data hard drive crashed - big time!!!! Thousands of priceless photographs (to me, anyway) were wiped out. Thousands of hours of hard labor (editing and PP) possibly lost . . . but for my backup.

So I bought a new HD and simply transferred by backup files. One click and off to dinner!

Take head folks. Hard drives will fail sometime - all hard drives. CD's fail in time also. Usually by bits and pieces - even the "gold" ones.

Actually, maintain two backups and keep them in different physical locations (one at home, another at work or in a bank vault). Don't forget that fire or flooding are very effective in destroying electronics. BTW, NAS and RAID are NOT  substitute for a proper backup.

Leo

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