November 3, 2012
photographers – back-up plans for disaster
A photographer’s studio in New York state, showing the damage that was caused by unexpected flooding during Hurricane Sandy. For all the damage to photo equipment and computers, no data was ultimately lost! (Photo used with permission.)
My own family was very fortunate in that we weren’t hurt or sustained damage to our property. The worst we had to endure were the four days without power. There are so many heart-rending stories of lives lost and lives disrupted with the storm, that it just highlights how lucky most of us in the North-Eastern USA were during all this.
With the news so vividly fresh in everyone’s mind, I would like to use this moment to speak urgently to photographers … and anyone who has data that is important, whether personally or for your small business.
You have to think in terms of worst-case scenarios.
March 31, 2012
photography workflow – back-up plans (update)
A previous article on Tangents, on the topic of photography workflow – back-up plans for your main computer, dealt with two ideas:
- safe-guarding yourself against catastrophic failure or loss of your computer
- preparing yourself for when your hard drive crashes.
I do think the ideas there are solid – making sure you’re not vulnerable to a single point of failure in your system. The comments from others supported this and also offered a lot more advice and other possibilities. With that, I slightly adapted what I was doing:
- my bootable clone hard drive is now a fire-proof & water-proof safe made by ioSafe
- Back-Blaze as an off-site / online duplication of my files
- Using the PackRat feature of Dropbox
With all this in place now, I think my back-up plans are very solid, especially with some extra redundancy thrown in there …
October 24, 2011
photography workflow – back-up plans for the main computer
The photograph above was shot with my iPhone while I was waiting for a corporate photo shoot to commence. The sky over lower Manhattan was grim and rainy. You can see the reflection of the fluorescent lights inside the room. This gave the city scene a Blade-Runner-esque feel. And with that, this image is perhaps suitably Apocalyptic for this topic – what are your plans for catastrophic failure of your main computer?
The idea for this article comes from a discussion with another photographer – she cringed every time I mentioned, “so what happens to your business if your house burns down and your computer is gone?” My other remark that her computer’s hard drive most likely will fail at some point, didn’t seem to lift her spirits either.
So with that, let’s look at those two points:
1. Safe-guarding yourself against catastrophic loss of your computer.
2. Preparing yourself for when your hard drive crashes.
The solutions are fortunately quite simple and elegant …