Building a Comprehensive Photo Storage and Backup System

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I know you’re probably already doing backups and have a great plan in place for archiving projects – but I also constantly run into professionals who do not! And I find that shocking. 

So I found this article that helps folks who don’t have a plan make one.

Don’t put this off!

Related: Hedge connect – for copying your data off of your cards 

Building a Comprehensive Photo Storage and Backup System


Via PetaPixel:

Two or three years back, I wrote about outgrowing yet another hard disk. Hard disk updates are a bitter pill. It’s not just updating my main storage drive, but also my backups. The ecosystem has to grow, not just a part of it. As the adage goes, “If it’s not stored in three places, it doesn’t exist.”

Earlier this year I moved my photo library to a new iMac 5K from my aging MacPro. It was a much needed boost in performance. I also looked forward to putting those snappy Thunderbolt ports to good use. My storage capacity needs were also growing. RAW files from my newer Sony camera are larger than my older Nikon system. I’m creating more video content than ever before, too. Photography training courses, YouTube tutorials, personal projects. If you want to chew up storage fast, make videos.

In 2016, it was time to get ahead of the curve.

How Much Storage Do I Need?

There’s two things to know when building your storage system. What are your storage needs and what is your budget? Let’s talk needs first.

I reviewed my photo library and measured its growth over the last 12 months. I’m out shooting every week, usually twice. Yet, I’m not a prolific shooter. My landscape photography is much more targeted. I’ll leave a location with 100 photos on average. Only a subset of those go through processing with ON1 Photo or Photoshop. That’s important to know—once a photo round trips from Lightroom as a PSD it can easily reach 1GB in size.

Another factor is video content—I’m making a lot more video in 2016. I produce at least 2 photography videos a week on my YouTube channel. I also produce longer form photography video courses. In the first quarter of 2016, I released two courses and had a third in development. I tallied up the numbers for the first few months of 2016 and ran the projections. I estimate growth between 1.5TB and 2TB a year. Steady growth, but nothing horrifying. An 8TB system will meet my needs for several years. Larger capacity would of course be better.

Then there’s budget. Remember, you want three copies of your photos. Drives and array systems will fail. Your budget needs to cover not just the disks to hold your masters. It also needs to cover the costs for backup drives, both offsite and onsite. I already own some older, slower USB disks. Totaled up, they have more than 8TB of storage. That satisfies my needs for several years, so I can repurpose those as offsite storage disks. Offsite storage does not need to be fast. It needs to exist and be offsite should anything happen to the entire studio

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