You have years and years worth of footage and photos. Your collection is so vast and so amazing that you can’t believe some of the photos you’ve taken.
Then the unthinkable happens. Your house is broken into. Or it burns down. Or a power surge destroys your hard drive. Or your hard drive fails. Or….
This is no way to live. Ever since I went fully digital and ditched analog modes of recording like tape and film, I’ve obsessed over proper data backup. Let’s face it, you have to unless you want to lose years and years worth of work.
It’s time to invest in a backup plan to survive all of that
Simply put, don’t sit around hoping the worst doesn’t happen. If you put value on your photos and videos, you need to put your money where your mouth is and start investing in a backup plan that involves you putting your data somewhere that isn’t your house.
There are a few ways to go about this, the first (and most conventional) is to have your data on two hard drives you own. One at your house and one somewhere else. I do this and have my backups stored at my parents house in a nice cool, dark, and dry location. It’s the first way to ensure your data is safe and secure, although hard drives will fail over time, so you’ll have to do a yearly checkup (at least) of your backups to ensure they’re in proper working order.
The second thing you should look into doing is investing in a cloud storage/backup solution. There are numerous options out there, and depending on the size of your needs you can get reasonably good deals.
The Best Cloud Storage Backup Options Out There
The simple fact is, there are A LOT of storage options out there, and your needs are going to determine what you are going to end up with. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Dropbox Pro- If you want what essentially amounts to a cloud based hard drive with 1TB of storage capacity, DropBox Pro is your answer at $9.99 a month. You can pull files up and down from the cloud at will, and essentially treat it as a new hard drive you pay monthly for.
- Google Drive- If the worldwide leader in everything data is your cup of tea, they also offer a 1TB storage option for you to take advantage of at $9.99 a month. If you want to go really crazy, there are options for 10TB at $99.99 a month and even more than that.
- Amazon Prime – For the low price of $99/year, you get a lot of benefits like free two day shipping, prime instant video, prime music, free kindle book rentals, and yes: Unlimited Photo Storage. If you are a photographer who also happens to use Amazon Prime, this is a no brainer.
- Backblaze – Backblaze offers UNLIMITED data backup on Mac and PC for $5/mo. But there’s a catch, you can only upload 2GB of data per day, so if you have multiple TBs of data, you have no chance to see a complete backup anytime soon.
- CrashPlan – Similar to Backblaze, but with the daily bandwidth cap. Also a couple dollars more a month. It’s a good trade-off.
What I Do
My data backup plan is a simple three-pronged approach.
- I have everything of mine on two physical hard drives. That way if one fails, the other likely won’t have failed.
- I backup my ‘keeper’ photos to Amazon Prime and onto Dropbox. They don’t take up nearly 1TB of space and thus they’re safe in multiple locations.
- I am looking for a reasonably priced unlimited backup plan for my videos (All 7TB of them).
My video and photos total 7TB — so my backups have to be pretty extensive. It is likely that I’m investing in another 3 TB of storage next year for 4K video. You definitely don’t have to buy tapes or film anymore for digital files, just hard drives.
Back up your stuff and live with a peace of mind knowing its safe!!