All You Need is a Backup System That Really Works

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

253+ Reviews & Counting

Kip Roof testimonial Kip Roofgoogle photos flickr
PicBackMan does exactly what it's supposed to. It's quick and efficient. It runs unobtrusively in the background and has done an excellent job of uploading more than 300GB of photos to 2 different services. After having lost a lot of personal memories to a hard drive crash, it's nice to know that my photos are safe in 2 different places.
Julia Alyea Farella testimonialJulia Alyea Farella smugmug
LOVE this program! Works better than ANY other program out there that I have found to upload thousands of pictures WITH SUB-FOLDERS to SmugMug! Thank you so much for what you do! :) #happycustomer
Pausing Motion testimonialPausingMotionsmugmug
I pointed PicBackMan at a directory structure, and next time I looked - all the photos had uploaded! Pretty cool. I use SmugMug and while I really like it, the process of creating directories in is pretty laborious when you need to make 80+ at a time. This was a breeze. Thank you!
Gavin Whitham testimonialGavin Whithamflickr
PicBackMan was really easy to setup and has been running for 3 days now backing up all my locally saved photos to Flickr. My photos are really valuable to me so it's great to be able to have them easily backed up to a secure location.
 Jim Griffin testimonialJim Griffinsmugmug
It's AWESOME!! I have tens of thousands of pictures...and they are now successfully uploaded to SmugMug, where they are safely backed up, and I can edit and organize them. If you are hesitating about using PicBackMan, hesitate no longer...try it...and you'll be glad you did!!