Lori Pickens

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Crafting a Robust Data Storage and Backup Strategy: A Photographer’s Perspective

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.

1. Redundant Storage: Ensuring Data Security

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.

  • Choosing the Right External Hard Drive: Brands like Seagate or Western Digital are popular choices, but the key is to select a reputable brand with positive reviews and consider user feedback.
  • Preventing Accidents: Placing external hard drives in a secure location, like a lower shelf over a rug, can reduce the risk of accidental damage or disconnection.
  • Portable Drives for Travel: Consider using portable drives with rugged cases for travel, ensuring the safety of your data on the go.

2. Offsite Storage: Adding an Extra Layer of Protection

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.

  • Trusted Locations: Whether it’s a friend’s house, a family member’s place, or a local safety deposit box, choosing a secure offsite location is crucial.

3. Cloud Storage: The Ultimate Backup Solution

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.

  • Initial Backup Considerations: The initial backup to the cloud might take time, but the long-term benefits outweigh the inconvenience. Some services even offer options to mail in a drive for the initial backup if your internet speed is a limiting factor.
  • Periodic Testing: Regularly test your cloud backup to ensure it’s running smoothly and your settings are as expected. This proactive approach can prevent surprises in case of data loss.
  • Alternative Cloud Options: Consider supplementary cloud options like Dropbox, Google Drive, or Amazon Prime for specific use cases. However, keep in mind their limitations, especially in terms of data retention for personal photos.

Conclusion: Invest in Data Security for Priceless Memories

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.

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