Because shit happens

The way we take photographs today means we rarely have a printed copy of all of our photos. What would you do if you lost all the photos of your wedding or your childs first birthday? I know everyone knows you should back up your images, but do you keep a backup, or is it something you mean to do? You may have them all on Facebook, but have you ever tried to print a facebook photo?

The cheapest method is DVD-R’s, it will cost you pence per DVD, but it will take ages and its hard to keep an up to date catalogue. A second hard drive in your PC is the cheapest method, but you need to know how to fit one, and if your house gets flooded or burns down you pc is probably not going to give you your photos back on either hard drive.

Another option is USB hard drives,  a cigarette packet size box that plugs into a USB port, they a a little more expensive than a standard hard drive, but idiot proof. Idiot proof is great. If you can afford it, and love you pictures get two, keep one in your house in case your computer dies and one at your parents/kids house, work, Swiss Bank deposit box. This is my choice, not the Swiss Bank, but the USB Hard Drive, a 1Tb drive will cost you well under £100 these days, and that a hell of a lot of photos!

Now you have decided you really are going to back up your photos, how are you going to do it? You can pay real money and buy a commercial backup package, or you can feel the love of the freeware world and get Karens Replicator for absolutely nothing. This handy free program will replicate a folder tree in one place with a backup copy. You point it at you photo directory on your computer and tell it to mirror this folder on your USB hard drive and away you go. You can schedule back up jobs to run every day, week, moth or whenever you want.

2 Responses

  1. Tablix says:

    Cloud hosting will be the thing of the future IMO, even if it is just a backup storage method or a means to share information in user groups. Renting storage is likely to become far less expensive than solid formats such as pen drives or external HD. As the demand for media storage grows and mobile devices become more advanced I am pretty sure that most things wont be stored in any physical format and backups will be hosted by online providers at a monthly sub.

    Imagine you take photo’s with your iPhone and instantly upload them via a free app and can then access and print from any computer at any time, already possible but not ready for mass market. I am sure this will become the norm within a couple of years.

    The only issue that will remain is digital rights, mainly for the professional user. Who owns what you upload, can the storage provider claim copyright as the host of the data. The problem is technology is outpacing the law and the ability for the masses to learn.

    Its entirely possible that in a few years you will click your camera and the photo will appear online rather than storing to a SSD,HD or dongle. The technology is already there just not yet implemented.

    Then you have the digital photo frames that everyone is buying there mothers for Christmas, wont be long before these are connecting to the web and collecting files from Flickr accounts that they are subscribed to.

    One simple blog post inspires so many thoughts from a tech semi-savy younger brother.

  2. admin admin says:

    The trouble with cloud storage for proper backup is you don’t get that much space for free, and if you have hours of HD video of the kids the Tb soon mount up and things get expensive over the years. They key to backup is to do it more than once. Back up EVERYTHING to a local drive once or twice, be it a second HDD a USB drive or Blue Ray. Store your best photos on several free cloud storage sites and back them up locally, bust most importantly, print them!

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