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| p.1 #20 · 1TB Lacie External Hard Drive has failed, so many wedding photos on it :(( |
For people not yet backing things up:
While shooting a wedding, I offload my spent cards onto a Nexto Di portrable back-up drive. $449.99 at BH Photo Video. My associate shooter (or my wife, depending on who's with me) does the same thing. We now have two copies of the images - one on the cards, and one on the back-up drive. I make sure to run a back-up and verify, so it not only backs up the images, but verifies the quality of them and makes sure there aren't any corrupt files.
Then when I get home, I set all of my cards on top of my desk in a nice neat pile (usually there's 2-3 of them, unless my wife shoots with me. Then it's 4-5). My second shooter has already taken his/her cards home, because I have their images backed up. They know not to delete those cards until all is well on my end. I plug in my Nexto Di back-up drive, and offload all of the images onto my computer.
After they're on my desktop, I begin importing into Lightroom. At the same time, I copy the files to my Raid 1 NAS Netgear system.
Once my images are on my computer, safely in my Raid system, and I already know they're on my portable drive and I have them in three places, then I format the cards.
After ALL the images are done being edited, the final images are saved on my harddrive (obviously), backed up to my Raid system, and then uploaded to SmugMug for safe keeping. Final images are accessible in two places by me, and online in one place.
My Netgear NAS system with 4 bays and 2 Toshiba 2TB hardrive ran me just under $1,000. My portable Nexto Di drive ran me $449.00.
Less than $1,500 to see all of my images, in their RAW and final versions, completely backed up and safe helps me sleep well at night.