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Putting the OO in cool
Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
United States
Current Residence: Northeast USA
Occupation: Electrical Engineer
Hobbies: Photography, Blogging, Reading, Music
Favorite color: Dark Green
Favorite cartoon character: Calvin
Family: One Wife, One Daughter, One Dog, Four Cats, Dust Bunnies and a Spirit Guide named Howard.

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Do You Have a Good Backup?

Fri Jun 27, 2014, 8:12 PM
One of the artists I watch here on DeviantArt lost many years' worth of photos when the hard drive crashed.  They weren't backed up.  So this is a sort of "public service announcement" to remind you that computer hard drives do fail.  What will you do when that happens?  And yes, I use the word "when" not "if".

I keep my entire collection of photos, which also includes scanned copies of prints, on three different computers.  Plus, I've burned a couple of DVDs with photos.  I also keep the more recent ones on a flash drive, although that's more for synchronizing the computers than anything else.

Another tool that I use to help synchronize recent photos is Dropbox, which is online storage.   I manage to keep about one year's worth of photos on my free and limited Dropbox account.  Anything older than one year I'll remove from that folder to make room for new photos.  (So I keep the Dropbox folder separate from my folder of photos and copy between the two.)  If you click through that Dropbox link and open an account, we'll both get an extra 500MB of storage.  The Basic membership level is free, and for $10 per month you can get 100GB if you like it.

Google drive offers online storage, as well.  I've not used it for archiving or synchronizing photos, however.  I prefer it for it's ability to edit and share "Office-like" documents, so I don't want to clutter it up with photos.

There are other free online storage sites, such as OneDrive, Box and iCloud.  Here's a recent CNet article that compares seven free cloud services.  And, in a pinch, simply e-mailing a few photos to yourself is effective.

The saying "failing to plan is planning to fail" applies so well in this context.  Don't let it apply to you!

New Edit: I just created an account with Barracuda Network's Copy.  Here's a Referral Link that you can use.  If you join copy using the link we'll both get an extra 5GB of storage space!

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cricketumpire Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer

Thank you for delivering the very encouraging llama G-of-N :iconllamatruckplz:


cricketumpire Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for choosing to watch my work G-of-N  :icontftdwplz:
Totally appreciated my new friend  :handshake:
cricketumpire Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi G-of-N, thanks for your appreciation of the beautiful hummingbird hawk-moth and the fave to go with it!    Bliss   
                     Thanks for commenting and please do keep on watching???
Geak-of-Nature Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!  I hope you'll approve the request to have it submitted to the Unframed-Nature group!
cricketumpire Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem at all. I normally submit a deviation and see how my watchers respond at first. After a day or two I then submit to relevant groups but if a group requests it early I'm flattered!  :nicetomeetyou:  
Riphath Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:la::+fav:Thanks for the Fav!:+fav::la:
Geak-of-Nature Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!  I've been really impressed with your submissions to the Unframed-Nature group!  Speaking of which, congratulations on receiving member of the month recognition! :clap:
sonafoitova Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Thanks for the lama,have nice day
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