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So…. How do you back up your photos?

So I haven’t written in a while because I’ve been dealing with recovery after my hard drive died a few weeks ago… Yes, my whole business, all thousands of photographs, gone…

Which would be very sad if it were not for my back-ups! :)

I had used Time Machine in the past to back-up my computer to an external hard drive, but I realized that I didn’t back things up as often as I should. At work I use time machine and just automatically plug in my external drive and have it do it’s thing while at my desk, but when I’m home it’s just not so convenient as I sit on my sofa on my home laptop, and I could easily go weeks without backing up.

So I got a subscription to Carbonite, which continually backed up all my files to the cloud through my wireless connection, no matter where I was, and I didn’t have to think about it at all. Much more like it, though it didn’t back up applications, just files.

So after I got my new hard drive I was able to recreate the overall structure from my most current Time Machine, and my jpegs are all downloaded, working on the psd files now.  I think I’m going to have some issues with some of my applications, have to dig up some old installation CDs to find serial numbers, etc. (note to self – next time be more organized about that…) but at least all my thousands of photos are saved, whew…

I wonder whether I should just have my files in the cloud in some Google drive or something, will have to ponder that for a while… … so this made me wonder, how do YOU back up your photos? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments section as I reconsider what to do for the future…



About Susan Montgomery

I'm a stock photographer, with focus on editorial, classic cars, travel, and nature.


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