Disk Drill Review – Recover Lost and Deleted Photos

Accidents happen, and unfortunately the vast majority of people don’t have a safe photo backup strategy like mine. If you do find yourself in a situation where you’ve lost some photos or other files, you have a couple of options: Firstly, if it’s a hardware failure such as a dead disc platter, you’re only option is to send it in to a data recovery specialist and pay a large amount of money. If your disk or memory card won’t even mount to your computer, or it is making a catastrophic noise, this is really your only option and there’s no …

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My Photo Backup Routine – Early 2018

I started this particular series of posts back in 2015 by detailing my photography backup routine and outlining some of the basic strategies for a safe and redundant backup system. If you’re uncertain about the basics, you should start with that post first and then work through the full series which you can find here. I write this series because I want to draw attention to the importance of backing up your photos. Once again, last month one of my friends had a hard drive failure and lost most of the photos she had taken in 2017 because she didn’t take basic …

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The Mindset That’s Costing People Their Images: Digital Photography is NOT Free!!

When it comes to protecting my huge archive of digital images I take absolutely no chances. My archive is stored on a Drobo which gives me some redundancy from drive failure. That Drobo is mirrored to a second Drobo which also has redundancy from drive failure, and then another copy of the same archive is stored off site on another Drobo. To lose my image archive I would basically need to have six simultaneous hard drive failures across two distinct geographic locations. Even then it would only take out the full archive which would leave me with copies of all …

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Cloud Backup for Photographers

UPDATE: August 25th 2017 A large chunk of the original article was comparing the two most popular cloud backup options: Backblaze and Crashplan. On August 22nd 2017, Crashplan announced that they would be stepping away from consumer cloud backup solutions to concentrate on business solutions and all existing Home accounts would be shut down soon. This was a particular shame to me because ever since writing this article I had  been using Crashplan myself. They provided a few options for their existing and future customers and I have now updated the content on this post to reflect these new options. …

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My Photo Backup Routine – Mid 2017

I started this particular series of posts back in 2015 by detailing my photography backup routine and outlining some of the basic strategies for a safe and redundant backup system. If you’re uncertain about the basics, you should start with that post first. Time and time again I hear stories of people losing their precious images, and it’s not just amateur photographers either, I’m constantly reading about professionals running into trouble too and frankly they should know better. The biggest problem is that too many people still think of digital photography as being “free” because there are no film costs …

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Drobo Announced a New Thunderbolt 3 Unit and Here’s Why I’m Curious…

If any of you have been keeping track of my semi-regular updates about my backup solution and general photo storage workflow, you may remember that my primary devices are currently Drobo 5Ds. My history with Drobo goes back to the very first generation Firewire products, and back then they were buggy and unreliable machines that caused me to write some less than flattering reviews. In recent years though, the company has undergone a change in management, and very clear steps have been made to improve the reliability of their machines. Aside from a recent power adapter failure on one of …

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My Backup Routine – Early 2016

When I wrote this popular post last year, I promised I’d keep it running as a series to document any changes I make. I’ve made some sizeable updates to my computer system since the last one. Always learning, always improving…