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Sep 07, 2008 16:21 |  #1

So, I am really bad. I need to do something fast to back up my files cuz I am running out of disk space. What is the best way to back them up. I have heard some load them to a site but that doesn't sound good to me. I worry about the site going out of business or something and I somehow lose the files. Should I put them on another h/d or burn them to cd's..but that would take forever? What do you do?




  
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Sep 07, 2008 16:23 |  #2

I use a Drobo...
If you don't want to spend that much, get a pro account on flickr ($25/yr), and upload all your photos. They let you download the originals. Flickr will never go out of business... They are probably the most used photo sharing site out there. + They are owned by Yahoo...


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Sep 07, 2008 16:30 |  #3

Recordable DVD's work well. Make multiple copies of each group of images.




  
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Sep 07, 2008 16:34 |  #4

I backup to my external hard drive (500gb.. I think it was under $200) and then permanent archive to DVD-R. Recordable DVDs really don't take long to burn as long as you have a modern 16x speed drive (or whatever they are now).


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Sep 07, 2008 16:51 as a reply to  @ DStanic's post |  #5

I back up my photos to 2 external hard drives, upload to my Smugmug site and burn DVD's every month of what was shot the previous month. I store the DVD's offsite.


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Sep 07, 2008 16:54 |  #6

Tumeg wrote in post #6260147 (external link)
...get a pro account on flickr ($25/yr), and upload all your photos. They let you download the originals. Flickr will never go out of business... They are probably the most used photo sharing site out there. + They are owned by Yahoo...

...and your full-res images will be systematically pinched and used all over the web and you dont get a dime - even if your galleries are set to private

not such a safe plan unless you dont care about that




  
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Sep 07, 2008 17:15 |  #7

I just bought some Double Layer DVD+R DL disks, 8.5 GB each. They are only 8x in my 16x DVD writer but since I get almost double the space I spend less time in front of the computer sorting and splitting individual folders to fit on a DVD.

My current photos are on my PC HD & my external HD. After a while I burn them to DVD to save space and delete off the HD's. I have a few dozen DVD's hopefully the double layer disks will help me from filling too many more DVD folders.



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Sep 07, 2008 17:25 |  #8

Also Carbonite offers unlimited online backup for only $50 per year.
I looked into it a year or so ago, but the software was unable to backup from an external hard drive, C: drive only. So it wouldn't work for me since all my photos are on my L: drive. Tech support said they are working on it but I haven't looked into it again.

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Sep 07, 2008 17:44 |  #9

I think uploading JPGs to online server might be okay, but what about RAW files? If you can, that would take a long time unless you have a superfast connection. Better off burniing RAW files to DVD-R and forget about'm.


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Sep 07, 2008 17:52 |  #10

This has been discussed many, many times, a search will find the threads. The general issues are RAW vs DNG vs JPG, hard drive vs DVD (or both), onsite and offsite storage.


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Sep 07, 2008 18:03 |  #11

Depending on who you are (pro or amateur) and how anal you are, you are going to get a wide range of answers.

I upload full-size jpegs after PP to my Smugmug account, and keep a copy on my laptop hard drive. I keep my RAW files on an external hard drive. Every coupld of months I backup any new RAW files and jpegs to DVD. After backing up I remove the jpegs from my laptop hard drive to free up space.

My approach would be insane for a pro to use.


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Sep 07, 2008 18:11 |  #12

Bob_A wrote in post #6260631 (external link)
My approach would be insane for a pro to use.

I think it's fairly silly for anyone. If you take photos they're obviously important to you. If the jpgs stay on the server permanently that's good, if you 100% trust the provider. And I bet you have a bunch of data, in a decade you might have hundreds of GB stored there, unless you're paying well for it I imaging they'll dump or compress images at some point.

My approach with DVDs is to assume they'll fail, because you hear stories of DVDs failing every day. This is why I have backups stored on multiple hard drives.


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Sep 07, 2008 19:36 |  #13

I love my TB external HDD (that's one Terabyte).


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Sep 07, 2008 19:45 |  #14

DVD+R and two ext hard drives for the keepers. I've heard people suggest re writable dvd for backup but the substrate on them is less stable then write once dvd's. use them at your own risk. I've had a couple re writables peel away after about six months.

If you backup to DVD+R only then Re archive them every two years at least.


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Sep 07, 2008 19:47 |  #15

Glenn NK wrote in post #6261088 (external link)
I love my TB external HDD (that's one Terabyte).

I hope you keep it in a separate location from your internal storage - ie offsite.


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