Joyce Kang: Back Them Up Baby

You can ask me about photography all day long, and I am pretty confident I can answer most of your questions.  But when it comes to the questions about computer and hard drive, you will for sure get a blank stare in return. Recently I experienced a catastrophe that I would not wish on any one, specifically photographers:

When I was cleaning/dusting my desk a couple of weeks ago, my external drive slid down and fell about 6 inches from where it was placed.  A few days after the incident, the EHD decided that it no longer wants to provide its service after 4 years.  It lost Every.Single.Image I have ever saved on that EHD.   Ok, if you are my clients and you are reading worries, your images are safely back up in my client cloud storage.  However, I can't say the same about my personal images.   It's always one of those" I always meant to...wanted to...planned to..." thing until it's too late.



Luckily I did have a little bit of common sense to back up doomed EHD to my Crash Plan account.  I only wish that it is a carbon copy of exactly what was on my EHD though.  It looks like it's just taking selection of different files and back those up each night.  AND, the restoring function of Crash Plan is moving like molasses.  It has been a week since the restore has been activated, and it's still showing "8.2 days to go" as I am writing this.

What's the take away for this experience?  Back them up baby, and back them up real good!

Thankfully, most of the lost images were shot on film, which means I still have the negatives securely stored in my file boxes.  I am not trying to toot the horn, but hey, this is why you need to shoot film!

Because of my disaster, I would like to conduct a quick poll of what Little Bellow fans use for back up.  Your answer might just help someone who needs to find the best way to back up precious images files!

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