With digital cameras replacing film cameras in a digital age, many do not know how to archive their photos taken with their digital camera. Storing your digital images is more than copying the images from your memory card to your computer. Keeping one copy of your images on your computer is extremely dangerous and many have learned this the hard way when they lose all their photos from a hard drive failure. In this article, you will learn how to properly and safely archive your digital images.
Why is it Important to Backup Images?
Like your keys, you would never keep just one copy. Some day you’ll lose it, and it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll lose your keys at least once in your lifetime. This is the same with your digital images, except
How to Backup Your Photos
Backing up your photos is easy. It is a simple process of copying your images from one location to another. For example, burning a copy of your photos on a CD is considered a backup; but not a very good backup. A good backup should be several copies of your images at different locations. We won’t discuss every method of backing up photos, but we’ll teach you an excellent system to keep your images safe and accessible.
How to Create and Store Your Backups
There are three places you should have a backup of your images: a copy at home, in a safe place other than home, and one somewhere else in the world. It may sound like a lot of work, but it’s really simple. Simply make it part of your workflow. Every time you copy your images from your memory card to your computer, copy them to your external hard drive and FTP server as well.
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Hard drives have lifespan and they eventually die. Most people only create a copy of their images on a single drive. Eventually the hard drive will die and when it fails, all their data and memories are gone. To prevent this, we recommend for everyone to have a redundant array of drives, also known as RAID, for an automated backup. This is simply using more than one hard drive in your computer to create a carbon copy of the main drive. For example, when you copy your images to a computer with two hard drives set on RAID, the images are being copied to both drives at once instead of on a single drive. In the event that your hard drive fails, you still have another copy of your data from your other hard drive. When purchasing a computer, look for one with RAID and two hard drives and make sure that they are setup on mirror mode or RAID 1 instead of striped or RAID 0.
On a server
This is one of the most secure ways to have your images archived. Sign up for shared web hosting service and have your images stored on their servers. Instead of using their service to publish a website, you’re using their service as a backup device. With the low cost of web hosting, this method is cheap and reliable. Some web hosting companies can provide hundreds of gigabytes of disk spaces on their server for dollars a month. The reason why this is safe is that web hosting companies usually create many copies of your data onto several servers.
When choosing your web hosting, stick to a reliable and popular web host with lots of customers. Search online for reviews about the web hosting company but don’t be too picky about their uptime. Many of the largest web hosting companies has had poor uptime compared to the smaller companies, but uptime isn’t an important factor when you’re only copying your images to the server once in awhile. Choose a plan with the amount of storage space and bandwidth that fits your needs. If you’re really concerned, you can sign up for two hosting plans from different companies and backup your images on both servers.
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