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If you get an external hard drive (or two, remember that having only one backup is the same as having none), you can also get apropiated software and not only save at all those points, but you can also save snapshots of your pictures (no pun intended). For example, this Seagate solution allows you to save the file everytime the file is changed.


I use a removable hard drive that I only plug in to the computer and power source when I am using it. I keep only the final edited files for client photos,(Portraits) and for nature and landscape I keep unedited raw files and final edited jpeg files, so that if I chose to change things or go a different root in style I can do it at that time. I do not save ...


I keep my raw files and my project files (which allow for recreation of final outputs) on a large RAID 5 array for local redundancy and my finished output files on a web server for off-site backup and sharing. It leaves me a slight chance of losing my raws in a fire or such, but I'll still have the final outputs stored safely offsite. For me, this was an ...


A hard disk backup should really be disconnected from your power and network/USB when not in use if there's even the tiniest chance of lightning strikes. There are also plenty of surges that will overwhelm many surge protectors giving you another reason why you should disconnect. On the other hand you then have to remember to plug in the drive, back up and ...


Things that are deliberately not covered in this answer: How to do a back up and discussion of proper disaster recovery procedures such as physical security and keeping multiple copies in multiple locations. Archival as it is the subject of the preservation of tools and platforms not specific files or formats. Optical media of any type (Bluray, DVD or ...


My suggestions are to keep: RAW images, untouched. Its always wise to have the original so you can start working again on it. RAW adjustments. For example Lightroom keep them in xmp files so you will not loose your work on the image. And eventually high quality end product, but only in case you do some destructive changes, compared to the RAW I ...


I would suggest backing up three things: The original RAW files. Your RAW software's database of adjustments — usually, this is kept as lossless storage of what changes you made. High-quality (100%-quality JPEG or TIFF, depending on subject matter / detail) of developed images you've put a lot of work into. #1 keeps the originals. #2 lets you recreate ...

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