Digital Back Ups
Backing up digital images and what do you do?
Today I thought I would write a blog post on backing up our digital files as during the week I had to format an external drive and my first thoughts where “Oh Shit here we go, what am I going to loose, did I back up enough, did I back up correctly, what do others do and if there another system I should be using?
Well I do not have all those answers so I can only briefly explain what procedure I go through with my digital back ups for my images.
After going out on a shoot.
Step 1. Download raw files on to main computer hard drive
Step 2. Burn these raw files to DVD/CD depending on file size. I only use TDK Gold Disks yes they cost a little more and maybe its a throw back to my youth when my vinyl records where played just once and recorded onto a TDK SA-X 90 tape or Metal tape. The good old days when we had 12 inch records with killer artwork and something read and look over for hrs while you played the record or tape, but I digress back to the back up task, we’ll talk about 12 inch records another day for any of the oldies here. Yes they do sound a shit load better to those readers under the age of 40, they just do period.
Step 3. Transfer raw files to a external drive that just stores Raw files in dates and locations filing.
Step 1-3 Summary. 1 copy on disk 1 copy on external drive 1 copy on Mac hard drive
Step 4. Select series on images to process and once processed save to Mac hard drive
Step 5. Transfer processed images to a external drive that just stores processed files in date and location filing system.
Step 6. Burn processed files in date and location filing to a DVD disk again only TDK Gold.
Step 4-6 summary 1 copy of processed images on External drive 1 on Mac hard Drive and 1 on DVD disk
Step 7. Transfer all raw and processed images in location and date filing another external drive separate to the Raw and Processed external drives. Currently this is not stored off location but will be very soon.
Problem ? Currently Mac Drive is getting mighty full, what are my options? yet another external drive? Am I going over kill here is there another method I should be looking at? Should I be looking at some online back up storage company?
So in the end I have 3 copies of everything and my time spend burning and backing up is very time consuming as I always use the slowest speed to burn disks for security reasons.
What is you method?