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Do you keep your photo pc offline?

 
mike_d
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Jan 13, 2018 01:31 |  #16

tim wrote in post #18539880 (external link)
I suspect constant windows updates, plus software install and uninstalls, don't help. Windows 10 gets refreshed every 6 months or year when major updates are done, which I think disguises the problem. My Dads W10 computer needs to be refreshed though.

Assuming the new Win10 version doesn't fubar the whole computer, which happens too often. Thankfully the rollback feature works, but it's a PITA to get call that [Insert critical application] doesn't work this morning after someone installed the latest version of Win10.




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Jan 15, 2018 10:13 |  #17

There was a time when I had 7 PCs running at a time,. but that was before I got into digital photography.

I like the idea in theory, and maybe if I was doing more photography, but NOT working with clients, it would make sense. But I could not justify a standalone workstation, and if you are doing tons of photography for $$ not having it connected would add a serious amount of extra fiddling to satisfy clients needs IMHO.

My Workstation is the only PC I really use at home. The laptop comes out on occasion, but mainly it's for travel.

Back ups, and keeping all data off the C: drive is a good addition to what others have recommended.


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Jan 16, 2018 01:06 |  #18

I have actually run my Internet connected PC with no AV software for several years.

I regularly get emails sent to my main email from the IRS, UPS and assorted banks with "documents" attached (trojans and viruses). I never open them because I know they aren't legit (I have a secret email only used for my banks). Likewise, when friends suddenly send a one line email entitled "wow so funny" with nothing but a link I don't click it. I also don't install anything from the internet without a thorough vetting as to who it is actually from.

The truth is that AV software is great at protecting you against you being silly and exposing yourself to a known virus (or one that works in the same way as a known virus) but it won't protect you against a completely new threat. If you are the sort of person who clicks on every email link, opens every "document" or randomly downloads stuff off the internet you will get nailed and one day it will be by something your AV isn't able to stop.


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Jan 16, 2018 03:47 |  #19

After reading all of your reactions it all comes down to a good backup.

In my case a seperate offline pc works just fine but I'm realistic and just like in the movie "A devil's advocate" one day you hit a wrong button and Murphy does his work!

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Jan 16, 2018 04:11 |  #20

Well, I'm glad to see all these responses, so thanks for all of them.

Tim, I really thought I was the only one who kept 5 backups!  :p One of them stays in my car and I keep one on my person whenever I leave the house.




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Jan 16, 2018 10:57 |  #21

With lots of backups (some kept away from home) and regular system partition cloning (using a simple docking station) I managed to keep of harm's way for decades. Windows crashes do not necessarily affect a loss of personal data if you get organised ahead of a possible crash. Ditto if a hardisk fails. I usually have the system up and running again within an hour: open the desktop, disconnect the hardisk cables, get the disk out (4 screws) insert a clone, fix the screws, reconnect the wires, close the desktop, reboot the whole rig. My most-up-to-date personal data is duplicated and thus directly available on a second disk that is inside the desktop. Other backups are of course on external disks that I rotate. When I come to think of it the risk of losing just photos (even terabytes of them) seems rather low to me when they are kept on several harddisks. And if you keep to a fairly strict synchronising and backup procedure not so much can wrong. Storing thousands of negatives and slides was always much more of a risky business in old times.




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Jan 16, 2018 12:34 |  #22

ncjohn wrote in post #18542067 (external link)
Well, I'm glad to see all these responses, so thanks for all of them.

Tim, I really thought I was the only one who kept 5 backups!  :p One of them stays in my car and I keep one on my person whenever I leave the house.

I have one near site, one offsite, and one in cloud. There might be other temporary ones but I think that's it. I wouldn't leave backup disks in the car due to vibration, and the hard drives I use are too big to practically carry - and I'm not that paranoid.


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