In the world of photography, preserving memories is paramount. As a photographer and database designer for the U.S. Treasury Department, I’ve had my fair share of experiences in safeguarding crucial data. In this article, I’ll delve into the three primary types of data storage and share why a combination of all three is essential for a comprehensive backup strategy.
To begin, let’s explore the concept of redundant storage, a practice of having multiple copies of the same data in various locations. Whether it’s an external hard drive or a sophisticated RAID system, redundancy acts as a safety net. I recommend having at least three external hard drives, minimizing the risk of data loss due to hardware failure or accidents.
The second layer of protection involves offsite storage, keeping a copy of your data in a location separate from your primary storage. This serves as an additional safeguard in case of disasters such as fires or floods.
Cloud storage is the third pillar of a robust backup strategy, providing a convenient and secure way to store data online. I recommend using reputable services like CrashPlan or Backblaze for automatic cloud backups.
In conclusion, the investment in a comprehensive data storage and backup strategy is well worth the effort. While it may require upfront organization and time, the peace of mind knowing that your memories are secure is invaluable.
Remember, storage is inexpensive compared to the priceless nature of memories. Whether you’re a professional photographer or a hobbyist, safeguarding your data ensures that those cherished moments will be preserved for years to come.
If you have any questions or want guidance on implementing these strategies, feel free to reach out. Here’s to a secure and worry-free approach to data storage and backup!
Lori Pickens is a Mother, Wife, Tech Geek from Parkersburg, WV, and the podcast host of Photo Goals. She is a true lifelong local and has been photographing in the area for over a decade. She serves families from Parkersburg, WV to Marietta, OH. Lori is also a Click Pro Elite and Click Community Mentor. When she’s not capturing pictures or spending time with her kids, she enjoys organizing her lists and spending time on her family farm.