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1 Back up Regieme on Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:35 am

Rob on the Parkwood forum has posted a message about losing his pictures when a hard drive broke down without a backup. I was wondering how many other people don't do backups and if you do what is your backup regieme.

I think I'm fairly comprehensive but I would appreciate any comments if I have missed anything.

1) I back up to an external hard drive. This is carried out automatically by a file syncronisation program which periodically syncronises the back up drive with selected folders on my main drive. I cannot remember the program I use (I'm on my work PC now) but I'll post it this evening.

2) I back up 'off site' using 'Carbonite' www.carbonite.com. This costs about $5 per month for unlimited storage and again works in the background backing up selected files, file types and folders to an offsite location over broadband. This takes a very long time when first set up - it took about 10 days when I started but from then on it only backs up new and changed files. It also stores historic files for a period of time so you can recover a file you have amended.

I like the above because once it's set up I don't have to remember to back up, it's all done for me.

Colin

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2 Re: Back up Regieme on Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:50 am

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I'm now trialling carbonite since a scare this week with my back up drive. It's taking a long time to get everything uploaded but once it's done that is it, very impressed with the concept so far..


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3 Re: Back up Regieme on Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:52 am

I back up to two hard drives on my mac and if i remember, to an external drive on a PC. I also download to my laptop. Is that overkill?
I also have a battery thingy that kicks in if we have a power cut.

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4 Re: Back up Regieme on Thu Feb 12, 2009 12:55 pm

The file sync program I use is called Allway Sync (http://allwaysync.com). You can download a free version to try it out but to deal with lots of photos you will need the pro version. The pro version is $19.95 so it's quitr cheap.

Dave - make sure you have at least one of your back ups "off-site"

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5 Re: Back up Regieme on Thu Feb 12, 2009 1:06 pm

Colin, I see that Carbonite is not yet ready for the Mac. I did make CD copies some years ago but when I went to get the pics I couldn't, so they were no good.
I reckon it is unlikely that all my three drives will fail at the same time. but will check out Carbonite again when they have a version for Mac.

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6 Re: Back up Regieme on Thu Feb 12, 2009 1:10 pm

The off site is really for major disaster recovery - Fire, flood or theft.

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7 Re: Back up Regieme on Thu Feb 12, 2009 1:17 pm

Yeh I see, must check it out a bit further.

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8 Re: Back up Regieme on Fri Feb 13, 2009 10:24 am

Colin wrote:The file sync program I use is called Allway Sync (http://allwaysync.com). You can download a free version to try it out but to deal with lots of photos you will need the pro version. The pro version is $19.95 so it's quitr cheap.

Colin,

I've had a quick spin through allwaysync site, looks like a useful app'.

Is sync performed automatically or do you need to set event triggers etc?

Paul

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9 Re: Back up Regieme on Fri Feb 13, 2009 10:54 am

On my setup it is automatic but you can run it manually as well.

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10 Re: Back up Regieme on Fri Feb 13, 2009 10:57 am

Anyone know of something similar for Mac?

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11 Re: Back up Regieme on Sun Feb 22, 2009 6:40 am

Personally, having a slow internet upload speed, online backup is not really possible (although for 7+gigabytes (7000+MB) of free space try Google mail). An external HDD as well as the internal SATA one is all I do. The probability that both fail is so low; and also the very best pictures which I've edited are on countless USB drives.

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12 Re: Back up Regieme on Sun Feb 22, 2009 9:46 am

Yes that is true but as Colin pointed out, external back up in case of fire, theft Ect is desirable.

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13 Re: Back up Regieme on Sat Mar 07, 2009 6:18 am

Carbonite is now available for the Mac...

http://www.carbonite.com/mac/mac.aspx

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14 Re: Back up Regieme on Sun Mar 08, 2009 3:07 am

Something I always bear in mind with photo backups is what happened when we had film - you had the negatives and prints or you had the slide, that was it!!

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15 Re: Back up Regieme on Sun Mar 08, 2009 8:43 am

I'm not going to not back up because I didn't used to be able to! Anyway back in those days I kept the prints at home and the negatives at work. Most of my photos are probably expendable but there are many that are not so I will do everything I can to ensure that if the worst happens I will be able to retrieve them.

Anyway the good thing about my set up is that I have not had to think about back-ups for months... they just happen.

Colin

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16 Re: Back up Regieme on Sun Mar 08, 2009 4:01 pm

Exactly! We didn't worry about our film backups so if a digital auto backup service can do it for us then that is the ideal solution!

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