what method do you backup your photos?

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  1. dallas_mike

    dallas_mike TPF Noob!

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    hi, all!
    i know many of you have a lot of photos to be stored. and what method do you stroage your photos?
    directly storage them in computer?
    copy them at CD/DVD?
    backup them at your SD Card?
    or backup them at removeable hard drive?
    at first i use the method that copy the photos at CD/DVD, but when i move my house, i lost a package of CD. it is so pity to me.
    now i backup them at DriveHQ, so i dont worry about losting them again.
    so what method do you use to backup your photos?
     
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    i have two hard drives i use to backup everything, then keep one with me and one at a friends house. this may be a bit extreme, but think of the feeling you'd get if you lost everything you had shot in just the last year.
     
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    I have a RAID Server (1.2TB of RAID5 Redundant Storage, FreeBSD 4.10) that I use for backing up all my media, photos included.
     
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    I utilize a Compaq Proliant DL580 with 4 10,000 RPM Ultra SCSI 3 300GB drives configured in a RAID 5 for 900GB of total storage. I then use the free version of SyncBack to automagically copy all new/edited files from my desktop to that server.
    I also have a folder I call 'Critical Photos', they're once in a lifetime shots or once I think are really special - those I have syncback also copy over to an FTP server I have in a datacenter :)
     
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    For most of the photos that I use on my website, I have in at least 2-4 different locations. I think the best and safest place I have my photos stored is in our lockbox on DVD. I usually update it every 3 months, but in late summer, I tend to do it every month. Four years ago our house was threatened by wildfire and by putting it in with our other vital documents (passports, birth certificates, etc.) I know I'll never lose them. Yes, its a bit overkill, but at least I know that if something happens, I've got a backup.
     
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    I use a external hard drive, burn to Dvd's and have them on a computer
     
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    External hard drives, and CD-R/DVD-R's. You can save money by buying internal HDs, and an external HD case, and putting it together yourself. If you can operate a screw driver you can do it.
     
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    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I too use mirrored external firewire disks with copies burned out to archival quality CD-Rs. Every month, the entire contents of the disks are pushed out to old fashioned magnetic tape (DLT media).
     
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    just done a full backup of 650mb odd of pics from my last 6 months having the camera onto a cd as I don't trust flash memory
     
  10. qdebruin

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    There is now a site which provides a lifetime guarantee on all content they store. when you upload your content is mirrored on two servers in separate locations, then daily backed up onto tape and stored in a 200ft granite vault in the Rockies. Site is owned by a fortune 500 company so worth checking out. Here is a link www.qvteam.myphotomax.com.
    Saves you time and disappointment - I swear by it now.

    Hope this helps
    Cheers
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    I copy my photos onto an external hard drive and then burn two cd's, one for my house and one to keep at work (incase my house burns down or something).
     
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    Hard drives do fail. Every one at some point in time. No exceptions. I back up to DVD RW. I make two copies onto two separate discs.

    My business files are backed up to three different hard drives on my network. I'm comfortable with that. My business files only really need to be available for a year. Then they turn to paper. The paper is discarded after 7 years.

    I would be comfortable with that for my images as well except I see the DVD RW as being more archival than hard drives - if you can consider digital to be archival at all.
     

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