It’s time to do another major backup of all my files. I do 3-4 big ones every year and smaller ones daily. I had to learn the hard way when moving overseas two years ago. Two of my three file backup methods failed because our computer flamed out on us in the middle of backing up our files. Now I have a new and improved method of backing up files that works for me and a big part of that is using the internet to my advantage. This may be overkill for some, but there is nothing more terrifying to me than losing photos (all twenty thousand of them).
1. Zenfolio- Online
I primarily use Zenfolio (<-10% off referral code) for my backing up my client images, but you could easily use it just for personal photos. I shoot in RAW, so this can take up huge amounts of space. Each one of my sessions is uploaded onto Zenfolio in password protected galleries for clients, but it also serves as a way for me to store specific personal and portfolio images. You can even sell products, start a blog and have access to unlimited storage space for your photos and videos. I’ve had it for two years and love it. Year subscriptions start as low as $30, so its super affordable.
2. Google + and Google Drive – Online/Desktop
I pay $9.99/month for 1 terabyte of storage space that is linked to my Google account. I have my Google + account set to autosync for my personal family photos and those go into a private folder. I also use Google Drive for all my family photos, personal files and documents that I may need access to. I appreciate that I can have my husband add to the folders that we share. For example, I needed some info from him right away for our lease, but he was at work. Sent him a msg and it was in the folder within five minutes. The Google Drive folder is also on my desktop and I can access it without getting on a browser.
3. External Hard Drives
We backup our desktop hard drives with our external hard drive every few months. Although I have some peace of mind knowing that all my client and personal photos and files are safely stored online, sometimes having a hard drive is the way to go. Especially when you don’t have access to the internet the first few days after a big move.
I like to burn all my personal photos that would cause major heartbreak if lost onto DVDs and USBs whenever we move. I keep these on me at all times and its just for that extra peace of mind. A little old school, but this extra step actually saved our wedding photos and images from V’s first year from getting lost during the computer crash fiasco.
I make family yearbooks every year and I love that MyPublisher keeps past photobooks and books in progress in their system. So, if I ever lose my photobooks in a fire or they go missing during a move, I know that the books are there and I can reorder them.
What methods do you use for backing up files? Dropbox? Time Capsule? The most important question is, when was the last time your backed everything up?