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Time for an update: I still use film, though. Not vast quantities, but I have a darkroom, and I'm not afraid to use it.

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21 May 2020 9:09AM   Views : 419 Unique : 268

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In several senses.

Stop, step back, think before proceeding.

Back up and running after a problem.

Copy all the files so that you donít lose them if something goes wrong.

So Ė what are your backup arrangements? I have a disorderly arrangement of sundry external hard drives on top of my computer, and a second set, this one of ordinary internal hard drives, mirroring them, that go in a carrier in the front of my computer.

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If only they were properly matched sets, rather than the result of enthusiastic but slightly uncoordinated copying, and disc sizes that donít always match. Itís complicated by my relatively recent habit of having a sub-folder for each shoot or day with all the edits in it. Those can occur at any time, and I often donít back them up promptly.

But however imperfect the system, I have got backups of almost everything, and I donít delete files. In principle, I can find, give away, and re-edit anything Iíve shot digitally.

I file negatives in date order: so simple by comparison. And as properly-processed film doesnít suddenly get corrupted or dropped, I seem to worry less about silver-based images than digital. After all, I canít erase a stack of physical files with a couple of keystrokes and a click on the mouse. Digital is far more worrying.

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Now is a good time for many of us to get our pictures in orderÖ So if you donít have that external backup, nowís the time to order one and copy everything.

Itís a short one today, because the idea is so simple: please, back up your files!

And maybe I need to sort a few things out.

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Chrism8 Avatar
Chrism8 16 1.1k 34 England
21 May 2020 9:32AM
I'm slightly paranoid about backups as well, I have a small array of USB drives where everything is backed up but photo's are on 3 and documents are on 3, one is locked and hidden away just in case.

Nothing is stored on the " C " drive other than programmes and this worked to my benefit a couple of weeks ago as my PC had the blue screen of death and had to be replaced, it had done 8 to 10 years of service thou, with the usual few hiccups along the way. Now have a 512gb SSD drive that hopefully will prolong its life. I had the new machine up and running within 4 hours with all the software reloaded and all my web sites I visit and passwords sorted etc.

I do use a bit of software called " allway sync " to ensure all my USB drives are sync'd and I run this probably weekly, its a bit of a faf to set up, but once its done, it takes a couple of clicks of the mouse to start the back up going, the software only updates a file that's changed / new so doesn't take that long to run.

Chris
chase Avatar
chase Plus
18 2.5k 682 England
21 May 2020 9:47AM
I back up everything to external hard drives, made a mistake and didn't do it regularly some years ago.....regretted that as I lost hundreds of images !!
dudler Avatar
dudler Plus
20 2.1k 2048 England
21 May 2020 10:35AM
I have two hard drives in my desktop, a smaller SSD with programs and stuff ready to go, and a 2Tb hard disc for data, and downloading to in the first place.

And the clutch of external drives.
dark_lord Avatar
dark_lord Plus
19 3.0k 836 England
21 May 2020 11:22AM
I should back up more often, I know that.
You may have a disorderly array but some backup is better than none at all.
GGAB Avatar
GGAB 7 31 1 United States
21 May 2020 12:46PM
Just a thought.
Mechanical drives fail, tragedies at home happen.
Consider backing up to a reputable cloud based service.
The cost is small, the capacity is Terabytes and it is able to be restored if fire, theft or multiple drive failure should occur.
The best thing is that it happens automatically when you sleep.
dudler Avatar
dudler Plus
20 2.1k 2048 England
21 May 2020 3:28PM
That's an interesting thought, George.

I am sure that a lot of people will do this: I find myself mistrustful of anything that is remote - if the servers were guaranteed to be in the UK, I'd maybe feel different. Frankly, I don't want to share everything with the KGB, the CIA and all the other security services. But I realise that may be a weird and illogical approach in the 21st Century.

As to the price... I suspect it starts to get costly when you store everything, and that runs to a couple of dozen terabytes...

But those interested might welcome some representative prices.
Chrism8 Avatar
Chrism8 16 1.1k 34 England
21 May 2020 3:59PM
" I find myself mistrustful of anything that is remote - if the servers were guaranteed to be in the UK, I'd maybe feel different. Frankly, I don't want to share everything with the KGB, the CIA and all the other security services. But I realise that may be a weird and illogical approach in the 21st Century. "

Very similar John, I have 3 mirrored drives x 2 covers both images and documents so and when we go away, I take one set with me and leave one set with a trusted neighbour, the other set is hidden and fairly secure.
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