If you think that you will never lose your digital photos, then we would say that you are living in a hypothetical world of your own assumptions. The only solution that can save you from a situation like this is a rock-solid and secure backup plan. Backing up your digital photos is critical to avoid any kind of loss or damage. Many people assume that creating a photo backup is a cumbersome task that involves hell lot of patience and hard-work. One obvious reason that we see to ‘why so many people don’t back up’ is that they simply don’t know how.
Well, it’s neither rocket science nor a cake walk. It does require some amount of your time and patience. But once set up successfully and efficiently, you get used to it. Backing up is nothing more making a copy of photographs and then keeping that copy in a safe place. The goal of creating a photo backup is simple; if something happens to your computer or the location where your photographs are, you can easily retrieve them from the backup copies or vice-versa.
All you need is a backup system that really works, or in other words a system that you can easily follow. There is one rule to abide by when it comes to creating your backup schematic and i.e. redundancy. Ideally, you must have multiple layers of backups so that if you lose data at one place then you can retrieve from the other. Simply backing up photos to an external hard drive doesn’t solve the purpose.Hard drives do not come with a definitive life space.They may and they will fail at some point in time. The only question is when. So using just one external hard drive is not the best idea. What will you do if this hard drive fails? The answer is simple, You need multiple backup strategies.
A combination of online and offline backup tools. The multi-medium approach is better than that of a single medium approach. Multiple mediums like memory cards, RAID system, hard drives, cloud storage etc. Once you have set-up a strategy you are comfortable with, it becomes a routine task.
A simple guideline to follow is:
1. Organize your work
2. Choose the right backup/storage medium
3. Keep a clean copy of original data
4. Make it redundant
5. Keep them separate
6. Use diligence