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Old Jun 5, 2009, 4:40 AM   #1
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Default PANIC - Data Backup

Hi guys,

I woke up last night in a cold fit of panic worrying whether my backup workflow was secure enough.

To this extent I'd be very appreciative if you could have a go at picking holes in my backup workflow...just to help my piece of mind!

Here it is:

1) Copy content of CF Cards to external 1TB disk drive;
2) If undertaking a commerial shoot, in addition to backing up photos to external Disk Drive, photos are also burned to DVD.
3) All completed PSDs are filed on the 1TB drive;
4) Jpeg versions of completed PSDs are backed up to Flickr;
5) The entire contents of the 1TB Disk Drive are backed up online at Mozy.
6) Compact Flash cards wiped at time of next shoot.

Thanks guys!
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Old Jun 5, 2009, 8:59 AM   #2
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Thats way more data backup than I do. I copy my photos to a 1TGB Seagate drive installed in a Netgear Storage Central device and also make a copy to a DVD. Never had a failure in 3 years that I could recover the photos from one of the two sources.

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Old Jun 5, 2009, 4:25 PM   #3
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I find your backup strategy complete enough. I believe online backup is most secure and reliable way to store my data. There is a new online backup product powered by Amazon S3. You can sign-up for beta at http://cloudberrydrive.com
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Old Jun 5, 2009, 6:51 PM   #4
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Rest your mind peacefully. It looks very good to me, and much the same as I'm doing.

Making sure one of the backups (e.g., a set of CDs) is in another house is the only addition I can think of. (Your own stuff will always be more reliable than anything online.)

It depresses me that in the time of our grandchildren only a tiny minority of families will have archives the way many folk of the current generation from their grandparents (and older).
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Old Jun 5, 2009, 10:11 PM   #5
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Looks good, but I would ask where you are keeping all those backups? At least a few should be stored in a different locations.

Though I can't say I follow it, the fundamental rule of backup is as many different copies in as many different formats on as many different media in as many different locations rebacking and testing as often as possible.

You can drive yourself nuts trying to do that.
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Old Jun 5, 2009, 11:55 PM   #6
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Have you tested that you can recover from your backups?
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