Photo Storage & Backup procedure
Travelling:I take a laptop, card reader or camera cable/laptop connection + 2TB 2.5” HDD and store images on the HDD via the laptop.
http://www.scorptec.com.au/computer/46954-wdby8l0020bbk-pesn $169 at present
The same should be possible via tablet: Card reader>USB>Tablet – store and view on tablet – transfer to USB HDD via cable because tablets has limited storage.
Home: Solutions like the Drobo or other NAS solutions aren’t satisfactory for several reasons – I have tested them:
- Both use a RAID array and proprietary operating system, disks can only be read in that hardware
- RAID arrays do fail, then you can’t access your data
- You can’t carry the disks offsite and you can’t read them in your PC so these are no good for offsite backup
My current solution: I want three stores, high volume, low cost, swap disks.
- Multiple drives in bays in my PC, which remain in there. If your PC has hot-swap bays (few have) then you can practically pull out the disks
- I use an external eSata hard drive bay: Icy Dock MB561 with caddies
- This has 4 drive trays, I have extra drive trays, internal fan cooling
- Insert my 3.5” SATA HDDs in trays into the bay, switch on the power, the drives are visible on the PC
- After replicating the PC data onto the drives, switch off the Icy Dock, remove the HDDs, store offsite.
- Rotate the offsite disks weekly or just after any event in which multiple images are created.
- 2 x 4TB HDD are kept offsite, 2 in another room onsite, 2 are in the PC
- 4TB can cost from $253 for a low cost WD http://www.scorptec.com.au/computer/51268-wd40efrx
- to $499 for WD Black 5yrs http://www.scorptec.com.au/computer/48475-wd4001faex
- Cost per image using $499 for WD Black 5yrs ~0.1c/jepg and 0.3c/RAW image (8MB/25MB for Canon 5D MkIII)
- Offsite storage for protection against fire, theft, electrical damage
- Offsite disks can immediately be read, no proprietary storage system, unlike NAS or DROBO which requires special hardware with proprietary software to read the disks
- Low cost – nothing is cheaper than large bare hard drives
- Fast – just as fast as internal HDDs.
- Safe – possible to lose only the images created since the last backup.
- I create a folder for each job, example 2012_12_18_Labassa_Stairway
- Under this I create subfolders: Jpeg, Raw……Scraps
- I never delete unless I happen to be working on a folder with many images and I notice some black frames
- The cost of searching images is much higher than that of retaining images
- When checking through a job folder to organise images in stacks, any images that don’t fit, look bad, whatever, are dragged into the Scraps subfolder. No deletion, I may need that image.