Why it’s important to Back Up

November22

Since being a photographer I’ve found one of the hardest things to do is maintain my ever growing photo library and keep it safe. This means being ready for every media creative’s nightmare, the drive failure. There is lots of backup options out there, if you are in the position of having a decent amount of spare cash then the Drobo range of storage options seems to be the way to go. However if like me your on a tight budget that isn’t going to be a financially viable.

I have 2 external 1TB drives one with my Aperture libary on and the other with a back up said library. You can pick up a 1TB drive from amazon for £74.99 ( US folk amazon have one in your store for $90).

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With your drive’s in hand this is where photo managing applications such as Aperture and Lightroom are so useful. With Aperture it’s a simple case of creating a Vault on your second drive and your away, just make sure you connect that second drive regularlry and keep it upto date. With Lightroom it’s the same situation just use the back up options within the application. One tip don’t erase your Camera’s memory cards until you’ve backed up your photo library with your latest imports.

Now the moment of truth, last week the drive I work from started to play up with error messages coming up in aperture and the drive not always mounting onto my computer. After trying to repair the disk with no joy I was left with little choice but to erase and start again. Having done that I connected my backup opened up Aperture, created a new library and clicked restore from Vault. 12 hours later and my library is back onto 2 drives and working perfectly.

So that’s my back up solution, it’s my no means the best but it work’s for me, if anyone has a better backup system on a budget then please share!

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