Keeping Your Images Safe - My Back Up Plans
Whether you have lost files before or not, you will have almost certainly experienced the gut wrenching moment when your hard drive makes a funny noise or doesn’t load properly. Instantly the fear of lost files fills you with dread, even if it’s not actually terminal.
My back up process has always been okay, but only when I have actually remembered to do it, and that has been the main problem. Once a week I would take my drive into work and back it up to my second drive, keeping everything secure and even using an offsite back up in case of fire or theft. Seems simple enough, but remembering to pick the drive up and take it into the office was an issue I would have far too often, sometimes going a month or more without back up. Then the inevitable happened. I lost five weeks worth of work, including all my photos from a short trip to Northern Ireland, as well as a few landscape photographs. All I could recover were a few high res JPEGs from Flickr, the rest was lost.
It gave me the kick up the rear I needed, and I set about a plan to stop this happening again. First off was to duplicate my work hard drive files onto a new drive as soon as possible, in case lightning was to strike twice. I then looked into options for automated back up, to take out the user error and foolproof my system. I picked up a second hand Synology NAS RAID Drive with 2 x 3tb drives installed and hooked it up to my router. These instantly became like a small server for our house, with the two drive duplicating each other all the time so that our files were safe. Both of our computers were connected at all times and the back ups being stored through the wifi. A time machine backup is also stored for all of our Apple computer products.
The final step to safeguarding my files was to invest in cloud storage. I did a fair bit of research into this, trialling a couple of companies and browsing for the best price linked with the best back up and recovery methods. I eventually chose Backblaze, who offer unlimited storage and recovery for the small sum of $5 per month. I liked the fact it was completely free to recover files from the cloud, or in the case of a large scale loss you could have your images sent to you on a hard drive for $189 (which is fully refundable when you return the drive, so just the small sum of postage to pay). Backblaze also tracks your computer location, so in the case of a theft you can locate the system through the IP address and pass the information on to the Police.
I’ve been using Backblaze now for around 6 months, and after the initial time to upload over 1tb of files it happily works away in the background, causing me no lag or internet issues. It gives me ultimate peace of mind to have it in place, along with my other back up processes to give me full safety over my files.
As a user of Backblaze I am provided with a referral code, so if you to would like to join up you can do so and get yourself (and me) one month free. If this interests you then just click here and you will be taken straight through with my code.
Disclaimer - I am not endorsed or paid by Backblaze and this review is completely impartial and based on my personal experiences.