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what internet backup system are you using


KathyW 17 1.8k 12 Norfolk Island
2 Nov 2012 9:50PM
I couldn't lay my hands on it right now, but I'm sure if I looked hard enough I could find the shoebox full of the negatives of treasured family snaps. There would be several prints in the box too, and some in an album somewhere.. that's if they haven't been eaten by silverfish, succumbed to damp and mould, or faded to oblivion...

Do I detect a touch of paranoia among you all? How many of you made copies of negatives and kept them in a fireproof safe or a safe deposit box back then? Oh dear, I am probably the only one who can remember negatives and stuff like that...
Carabosse 18 41.5k 270 England
2 Nov 2012 9:52PM

Quote:Oh dear, I am probably the only one who can remember negatives and stuff like that...


I have loads of negs. To be honest I haven't printed anything from any of them for years. I wouldn't want to lose them but, if I did, the practical consequences would be very limited.
lobsterboy Plus
17 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2012 9:59PM

Quote:Do I detect a touch of paranoia among you all?


Possibly, but over the years I have had to explain to far too many people that they have lost all their data.
Gives you a slightly differnet perspective Smile
Carabosse 18 41.5k 270 England
2 Nov 2012 10:19PM

Quote:I have had to explain to far too many people that they have lost all their data.


Rather depends on the data surely? Smile

In 10-20-50 years time would we, or our families, really want that RAW file of the waterfall, droplet, bird-on-stick, long-gone dog/cat, sunset, flower etc?

Photos of people within our personal circle are another matter but, even then, there are limits. An aunt of mine died a few years back. One of her albums contained loads of pics of her chums from her time in the army medical corps: the photos meant a lot to her. These people were completely unknown to me or anyone else in my family. I ended up putting the album in the bin.
lobsterboy Plus
17 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2012 10:30PM

Quote:Rather depends on the data surely?

Well most people have something on their hard drive that they are attached to. Even if it is just a carefully curated porn collection Smile


Quote:In 10-20-50 years time would we, or our families, really want that RAW file of the waterfall, droplet, bird-on-stick, long-gone dog/cat, sunset, flower etc?

In that time the disk space they take up would be considered so tiny that it wouldn't even be worth worrying about.
Everything I shot in 2004 adds up to a grand total of 17GB, which seemed a lot back then! these days it could all fit on my phone.
After I have initially sorted through and indexed stuff I can't see any real need to delete stuff to save a bit of cheap disk space.
Carabosse 18 41.5k 270 England
2 Nov 2012 10:35PM
All I am saying is how much would it matter if, however large or small, our personal archives were for some reason lost?

Most of the photos/videos which have any significance to me are on the web somewhere, and in some form. So barring some major catastrophe, which would give us more problems than just losing images, they will be there for the foreseeable future.
lobsterboy Plus
17 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2012 10:45PM
Well only you can answer that, but to me 3HDDs and 40 a year doesn't seem much to keep everything safe.
Carabosse 18 41.5k 270 England
2 Nov 2012 11:19PM
Oh I too keep things as safe as I can, with HDDs and on the web (including paid space).

But beyond a certain point it can, as Kathy suggests, verge on paranoia. Wink
lobsterboy Plus
17 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2012 10:45AM
Paranoia is what saves you a lot of hassle later and automated backup of everything is much simpler than constantly deciding what you want to keep or not.
Having seen:
A family lose all the photos they had of their 2 year old daughter.
A friend lose the album of music he had been working on for 6 months.
Two friends who had all their holiday arrangments and tickets on a PC that wouldn't boot.

I would much rather spend the 10-15minutes to set up a proper backup regime and then forget about it than have all those problems later.
Carabosse 18 41.5k 270 England
3 Nov 2012 10:52AM
I quite agree about the backup regime. My own includes not storing any data files on my computer - at all. Having seen a friend lose his machine, as the result of a burglary, has reinforced this. Luckily, I had persuaded him to follow my own backup regime, so he didn't lose anything. Smile
lobsterboy Plus
17 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2012 2:35PM

Quote:My own includes not storing any data files on my computer - at all.

Now that is paranoid!
Carabosse 18 41.5k 270 England
3 Nov 2012 2:59PM

Quote:Now that is paranoid!


Lol! It's actually easier that way. Wink
lobsterboy Plus
17 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2012 4:46PM
How is it easier ? Almost everything I come across assumes that the data is on the machine somewhere?
Carabosse 18 41.5k 270 England
3 Nov 2012 5:05PM
No, it's just easier to remember! Grin
lobsterboy Plus
17 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2012 5:10PM
Remember what ?

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