Please Back Up your Photos!
Backing up your computer is something we all know we should do, right? Making sure your photos and files are backed up and safe is important, but somehow we just don't get around to doing this. It can take an extreme event to remind us of what we should have done.
That is exactly what happened to me last weekend. I found out that a friend lost everything in a house fire. It is devastating on so many levels for her and her family. But she is also a photographer with her own business. And that adds another level to this for her.
This made me think about what would happen to my family photos if something like this happened to me.
I am a bit obsessed about backing up... I have my photos saved in FOUR places! This is my back-up plan:
- I have an external hard drive (#1) connected to my iMac that keeps a real time back up of my entire computer via Time Machine.
- I have a second copy of all of my photo files on a second external hard drive (#2) that holds ALL of my family photos.
- I burn DVDs of all of my photos by month before I will delete them from my computer. (I can't keep all of my family photos on my computer - there are just too many. I keep the most recent 2 years worth of photos on my computer, make sure I have a copy on my external hard drive and burn a DVD before I will delete them from my computer.)
- I have an online backup service (CrashPlan) that keeps a copy of my computer and external hard drives saved somewhere on the internet.
So, I checked to make sure my backup service was in place and backing up as it should be. But instead of peace of mind, I had a big wake up call when I discovered two shocking things:
- My computer was NOT being backed up because I got a new computer about nine months ago and I never thought to install the backup software from my cloud service and change the computer to be backed up to my new one!
- My backup plan had expired because my credit card on file was expired and I had not changed it! (I'm sure they sent me a few reminders via email, but dealing with email is a whole other issue I have...)
THIS WAS NOT GOOD AT ALL!!!!!
As I write this, my online backup service has been renewed for the year and my computer and external hard drive with my family photos are now backed up online.
Do yourself a favor and take care of this today BEFORE something bad happens and it is too late to save your precious memories.
I use CrashPlan for my online cloud computer backup. One of the main reasons is that they allow unlimited online backup storage of my computer and my external hard drives. Because all of my family photos are not on my computer, this is a very important feature for me. CrashPlan's price is very reasonable for the peace of mind it offers me. How much would you pay to recover your photos if you lost them?
There are other great online backup services. Pick the one that works for you.
Go do it now!
How I almost lost all of my family photos
My slightly neurotic need to burn DVD backup copies of all of my photos before deleting them from my computer saved me a few years ago.
My computer's hard drive was too small to hold all of my family photos from the previous 8 years, so I had moved them to my external hard drive that was attached to my computer. I had a small panic attack when this external hard drive that held ALL of my personal family photos was accidentally erased! The only reason that I did not have a total meltdown was that I had obsessively burned a backup copy of every single family photo file by month onto DVDs.
At the time, the online backup service that I used did not include backing up for my external hard drive. I kept ALL of my family photos on this external hard drive -- AND THANKFULLY, the DVDs that I had burned of these photos!
External hard drives fail. Files get corrupted. DVDs warp. Fires happen.
Do what you can to make sure your photos are protected if bad things happen.
Keeping my Project Life® pages safe
I have been making my Project Life® pages digitally for two years now. Another reason I LOVE doing making digital pages is that I can keep backup copies of all of my pages in multiple locations! If my printed books are lost, damaged or destroyed (yikes!), I know that I could easily reprint them. That makes me feel good.
How do you back-up your photos? What is your plan? I'd love to hear what you do. Leave a comment below or email me...