backup strategies

Started Apr 14, 2013 | Discussions thread
Jason Rickerby Contributing Member • Posts: 712
Lightroom Catalog makes life tricky

I use a Synology 2-drive NAS (RAID 1) to store all my images. In turn, the Synology runs two backup jobs, to two USB connected drives. So effectively there 4 physical copies of my images. When I travel, I relocate one of the USB drives to another location, providing some protection in the unlikely event of a fire.

Lightroom on Windows does not want to store the catalog on a network mapped drive. I therefore have my catalogs on a local SSD on my PC, then run a weekly backup job to copy the catalogs, without the previews, to the Synology.

Given the OPs requirements, my method is not friendly for easily moving catalogs between computers. I suppose I could put the catalog on a USB drive connected to the PC, leaving the images on the Synology NAS.

It should be mentioned the the NAS can be a bottleneck with regard to ultmiate performance, but this is a trade off I live with for the peace of mind. I can also connect to the Synology NAS from anywhere with an Internet connection.

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