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Started Mar 26, 2013 | Discussions thread
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DotCom Editor Veteran Member • Posts: 6,798
I keep five copies of every file

Files are never, ever stored locally on any computer's hard drive at my home. All files are stored on an Ethernet-connected NAS array running in RAID 5 configuration. This array is mirrored to a second NAS RAID array. The first array is also mirrored to yet another NAS RAID array that's located across town. That's three copies. All files are backed up to a series of USB-connected external drives that are in rotation and stored in the safe deposit box at my bank. That's four copies. Finally, all files are stored -- NOT backed up, but stored -- at an online cloud service that I consider reliable. That's five copies. It is essential to understand that storage and back up are NOT the same thing.

The one thing that screws this up is that Lightroom catalogs must be stored locally. I do that, but keep backups of the catalogs in all five of my aforementioned storage locations.

I sleep very well at night.

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