Preferred photo storage/backup method?

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  1. DaveAndHolly219

    DaveAndHolly219 TPF Noob!

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    How do you guys prefer to store/back up your photo library? I'm currently storing my photos (RAW files and finished JPEGs) on a 2TB drive in my PC and then backing everything up to Google Drive. I’m currently paying $1.99/mo for the 100GB option but that 100GB will certainly be used up sooner than later which will require me to bump up to the $9.99/mo 1TB option. This is working fine for me, but I wanted to see what everyone else is doing to see if there may be a better way.


     
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    I use an external 3TB drive to back things up. These are around $180 each or so?
    I also work on an external 3TB drive

    I really do not want all my work on the Cloud, as a backup or not.
     
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    Why not? Fear of hacking/theft?


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    Nobody ever said "I wish I hadn't done all that redundant backing up" after a major computer failure. When I was in business I also learned the importance of "alternating" your backup. My total data requirements have gone down but my methods haven't changed. I have 2 external hard drives sized to match my computer. Backups are done weekly. Week 1 - Drive 1 gets the backup, and goes in a fireproof safe, Drive 2 goes in my briefcase. Week 2- Drive 2 gets the backup, and goes in the safe. Drive 1 goes in the briefcase. This process is repeated until I travel, in which case the last one in the briefcase goes with me.
     
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    That plus there are times, when I'm in an area without access to internet.
     
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    That too. But if you've ever had extended periods of no internet access at home due to this or that problems ... then you'd understand.

    I put a lot of aircraft, sky/space photos out there but rarely put portraiture / kids sports stuff. So I err on the side of privacy. There have been instances where that was a good thing.

    Some people work on the cloud. I don't have a large internet connection. And sending stuff to/from the cloud takes time. Copying to a local harddisk takes a lot less time. Plus as mentioned above multiple backups are a peace of mind. I already get a lot of errors uploading batch to Flickr. I'd hate to have a backup with errors in it.

    I recall years ago when online businesses would go out of business and purge all their (your) data. I don't think it's like that nowadays but I err on the side of caution for anything like that. I still remember when Hotmail would purge your email if you weren't online within a 20 or 30 day period. I went on vacation once and didn't have internet access. Lost all my email content. And other companies server problems, etc. ending in loss of data.
     
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    I back up to 3-external hard drives. I would not use the Cloud for those photos I value and/or need access too, or for that matter any data and documents I value.
     
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    I have a NAS with 6TB and RAID 5 (4 2TB drives) for backing up all my photos, videos and important documentation. This way even if a drive fails I am safe. I highly recommend NAS storage.
     
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    And what do you do in case of fire, or natural disaster??? Is your backup still safe?
     
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    This sort of thing is exactly why I lean toward cloud storage. I will be investing in an external HDD though to add another level of redundancy to my storage.


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    There are plenty of fireproof and waterproof NAS boxes you can get such as this one:

    ioSafe Products 216nas Overview

    But a NAS is just a backup I have copies on external drives and laptop. I wouldn't keep just one copy of important data.
     

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