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Photo Backup
Do you backup your photos?.

How? DVD, HD?.

I'm afraid of using DVD since they often becomes unreadable..

I heard of a DVD media called Taiyo Yuden that seems to be reliable though? Have anyone tried it?.

Thanks,Rafael Perrone..

Comments (13)

Using multiple hard disks (HDDs) is considered the safest option..

I'm using two identical 750GB HDDs in a RAID1 system, but, to be honest, I've come to the conclusion that the best and safest way of storing your data is on two independent disks, say, one that you always work from, and one as the backup disk. Two USB HDDs would do the trick..

The reason why RAID1 may be great, but ultimately not as safe, is that, if a file is corrupted, it's corrupted on both HDDs at the same time..

(RAID1 means the system mirrors the two disks.)..

Comment #1

2 harddrive & DVD - I use Microsoft "Synctoy" to backup my files.

Simon.

Http://www.landscapephotographyuk.com/.

North Wales photographs - Snowdonia & Anglesey..

Comment #2

How about an online backup place? Mozy.com works great for me. $5/month, unlimited storage.Plus an external USB, just in case...

Comment #3

If you use good quality DVDs you don't have problems. With Verbatim and TDK DVDs I had only one problem in 4 years (from about 100 DVDs). Use two copies and check them every 6 months.VictorBucuresti, Romaniahttp://s106.photobucket.com/albums/m268/victor_petcu/http://picasaweb.google.com/teodor.nitica/..

Comment #4

I bit the bullet and purchased a 3 terabyte Buffalo TeraStation Pro II 3 network drive with a RAID 5 configuration. It has four hard drives and if one or two of the hard drives should happen to fail I can still recover my data (e.g. photographs). Secondly, once a month I copy my photographs onto DVDs and then store them off-site in my safety deposit box. I'm also exploring the possibility of making digital negatives of my better images to keep off-site..

Johnny.

Http://www.flickr.com/photos/latitudes/..

Comment #5

1. An dedicated internal D drive onto which I offload photos and do not delete until backed up & processed on other drives..

2 An external USB drive which is only switched on and connected when backing up photos and other essential data (One day I will get round to buying a second identical external drive)3. DVDs about once a year which are then stored away from the location of my PC..

4. All decent shots are uploaded to Zenfolio so that - worst case scenario - I can download from there in the event of a total PC wipe out. (Only after a Zenfolio upload do I consider deleting the D drive copy usually when offloading the next set of photos from my SD cards)..

It follows that I always have at least 3 copies of all photos I want to keep and eventually a 4th on DVD..

Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/..

Comment #6

I'm considering online storage but several options I've looked at do not allow RAW files to be uploaded.

- anyone know of one which does ? .

Thanks.

Simon.

Http://www.landscapephotographyuk.com/.

North Wales photographs - Snowdonia & Anglesey..

Comment #7

Jasonmolinari wrote:.

How about an online backup place? Mozy.com works great for me.$5/month, unlimited storage.Plus an external USB, just in case..

Yep! Same exact system I use! Mozy all the way John De Bord PhotographyShowcasing the Images of Colorado using the Mind of Minoltawebsite: http://jdebordphoto.comdeviantArt: http://kkart.deviantart.com..

Comment #8

Simonkit wrote:.

I'm considering online storage but several options I've looked at donot allow RAW files to be uploaded.

- anyone know of one which does ? .

Thanks.

Simon.

Http://www.landscapephotographyuk.com/.

North Wales photographs - Snowdonia & Anglesey.

Mozy.com does and also many other file types as well, a lotta us use them.

John De Bord PhotographyShowcasing the Images of Colorado using the Mind of Minoltawebsite: http://jdebordphoto.comdeviantArt: http://kkart.deviantart.com..

Comment #9

I use a hosting service. They offered some quite good conditions and now I just use rsync from my linux system to replicate all raw files to that stroage place. Quite easy. Of course I also copy to an external harddisk.So one original set and two backups (should be enough)Christian..

Comment #10

My experience with Taiyo Yuden is that they are the most reliable in terms of initial writes, meaning they produce few 'coasters'. I don't know about their longevity though... I haven't lived long enough yet .

There are archival gold DVDs you can buy from Delkin that are supposedly longer lasting than regular DVDs because of the coating. They're much more pricier though..

Rafael Perrone wrote:.

Do you backup your photos?.

How? DVD, HD?.

I'm afraid of using DVD since they often becomes unreadable..

I heard of a DVD media called Taiyo Yuden that seems to be reliablethough? Have anyone tried it?.

Thanks,Rafael Perrone..

Comment #11

Rafael Perrone wrote:.

Do you backup your photos?.

How? DVD, HD?.

I'm afraid of using DVD since they often becomes unreadable..

100 DVDs at $20 is 470gb, a 250gb external HDD is $70.if you make 3 copies, you are safe...

Comment #12

I only have about 15 gigs of photos total. I store them all locally and on one external drive. Most of the unedited "masters" are backed up on CD as well..

Ideally, for me, 4 copies:-Local-2 external drives-DVD.

Another external drive is my next priority in terms of camera purchases. I lost about a year of photos I only had locally, and I'm not risking that again...

Comment #13

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