As a professional photographer, the most important things for me are my images. They pay my bills. In this blogpost I want to talk a little bit about how my backup workflow works and how I prevent myself from dataloss.
Data Backup On Assignments:
On every multiple Day assignment I carry two LaCie rugged Mini 1TB hardrives with me.
Not only that they are durable and shock resistant, they are damn fast trough USB 3.0 which is amazing.
You probably ask yourself the question why two? Redundancy. On the first HD I save all my data including images, videos and the Lightroom catalogue.
After i copied all my images on HD 1, I make a 1:1 copy from HD1 to HD2 viaCarbon Copy Cloner which is an amazing and cheap tool.
Once this is done I go to sleep and only after this is done. I stay awake until the last file is copied and verified. While traveling, I carry one HD in my normal luggage and one HD in my Hand luggage to make sure I can`t loose both at the same time. When I travel with an Assistant I give one of the Hard drives to him or her.
Having Images just on one HD is stupid and you risk everything. Having two HDs at the same place is like having one.
Data Backup In the Office:
Back in my office, I have to deal with much higher amounts of data to be backed up. At the moment I store 1,5 TB of Data.
First, I tried to use a NAS which worked quite well with loads of limitations on the other hand. This NAS is located in your office. When your office burns down or someone breaks trough, all your data is lost.
I found a solution that works perfectly for me:
1 3TB Harddrive with USB 3.0 which stores all my data including videos, photos, documents and my Lightroom catalogue.
I backup these huge amount of data with Backblaze which is a cloud storage system.
I use backblaze for several reasons:
- I pay 3,49$ per Month and get unlimited data to backup
- It backs up external hard drives as well
- The Data is encrypted on your HD and protected with AES 128
- The Data is transferred via SSL
- You can type in a personal encryption key. Not even Backblaze can read the data.
- It runs in the background and saves automatically
- File Restore is easy and convenient. (via download, usb stick or hard drive)
With having One HD in my Office and all the Data protected and encrypted in the Cloud, I can sleep quite well.
If you come up with any questions or comments let me know I am happy to hear them and maybe improve my workflow.
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