Photo storage and having backups of your data are very important. There is no comfort that is sufficient for lost photos, memories and moments, especially when you can easily safeguard them forever. Drives fail sometimes and having backup systems ensure that nothing is lost.
Photography involves the possession of a massive number of digital contents that must be well-protected. Regardless of the system chosen to store files, the paramount importance is that you understand the system in place and that you store original copy of each file, image, and document. Make sure to also make copies of workshops and seminars you hold, and your financial records. It is also important that the backup system works daily, and continuously.
Types Of Photo Storage:
There are many types of photo storages available. It is good to know them in brief detail so you can choose than one that is perfect for you. Here’s a list on the other available options in the market.
This storage is getting increasingly popular via Dropbox, and the Drives available for Google and Microsoft. It is convenient because it ensures complete assess to files as long as you’re connected to the internet with your device.
It is very cheap. An amount of storage is free, and for 1TB of storage for Microsoft Drive and Dropbox is $10 dollars monthly, the same amount provides 2TB of storage for Google Drive.
However, it is not the best option if your photographs are mostly in RAW form, or if you are not continuously able to access a WIFI connection.
It is the go-to storage for local files. Every photographer should have one to supplement the internal drives of their gadgets.
Most external drives are within the $80 – $150 price range, depending on the brand you choose.
Here are things to consider before the purchase of an external drive:
Get a good brand – Seagate, and LaCie produce good quality products.
Get a good size – some drives are desktop model size, and others are portable.
Get one with adequate storage – this is the most important criteria. Get bigger storage than you require so that you never run out of space. Your smallest size should be 4TB.
It is very convenient for the transfer of data and more reliable than a spinning external drive. It improves the performance of computers and the operating system, too.
However, it is more pricey than a spinning external drive, and thus not considered ideal. 2TB of storage costs more than $300 dollars.
NAS or DAS Storage
Although very expensive, at $1000 dollars for 4 4TB drives, this form of storage is perfect for holding large data. It is quite advanced and easy to master.
It contains more than one drive in the box that functions like one drive with RAID technology. If a drive stops functioning, it can easily be replaced with no data loss.
No matter how great the storage device, it must be backed up in case the storage fails. This old strategy is gold: be sure that your data is copied thrice, twice locally and once in a place away from where your main device and storage is kept.
Ensure that your back-up is complete, automatic and redundant.