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Pre the advent of digital photos, professionals stores photos as negatives and prints and often prints were stored at the same premises. There were instances where a photographer lost his life's work in a fire - it happened to a friend of mine. The only secure storage was to lock the negatives up in a vault. You have much better options now days for ...


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Use the cloud. For 20 years I did all the multiple backups, dozens of DVD's, etc. locally. I now find using Dropbox much more practical. I have 7000 photos that take up 20 or 30 GB. I was a little worried about eventually hitting the 100 GB limit with videos and the like... but that just got solved by my $7 a month plan now giving me 1000GB. Thank You ...


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Always remember the 3-2-1 rule of backups: 3 copies (including the original), in 2 formats, with at least 1 copy stored off-site. This means you're really looking at making two backups, or using a backup solution that stores multiple generations in the cloud. You can rent cloud storage from Amazon starting at $.01/GB/mo. They handle backups and redundancy, ...


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Currently, buying sale-price bare SATA drives (plus a case to store them in) is cheaper than anything else. DVD media of good provanance is much more expensive and horribly too small! HDD is also by far more robust than optical media. Plus, being one piece to mount rather than thousands, it is practical to scan for errors on the backed up data, as an ...


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My personal method of storage for the past 6 years has been the following; A raid 5 storage array. This requires an enclosure or dedicated standalone Server with a minimum of 3 hard drives where a certain percentage of each hard drive contains the parity for the other hard drives. If any one of the hard drives fail, the system will continue working, you ...


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And to extend the @mattdm answer: Some delete old photos. This is bad, very bad. You never know when you will need this info Some remove already created and provided to customer jpg files. But keep all raw, psd, xmp files to be able to reproduce the end result. This is not bad, but you loose time if you need to rebuild good amount of jpg from above files ...


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Chase Jarvis has written about how he manages his backups. you can find it here: http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2010/06/workflow-and-backup-for-photo-video/ Doing backups to DVD's works for smaller libraries, but as you've found, as it grows, it becomes impossible to maintain reliably. There are also issues with how long DVDs last before you risk starting ...


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There are all sorts of professionals, so they do all sorts of things, but in general, losing photo archives is a business risk, and so should be treated as any such thing. Depending on the scale of your business, a commercial off-site backup contract is probably appropriate. Smaller operations — and particularly semi-pros, where photography isn't really the ...



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