The last thing you want to deal with is computer crashes in the middle of editing. If you have been in the business long enough you know it will happen sooner or later. Let's face it, electronics can crash, malfunction, or worse. Having a solid backup plan for your images is important to keep your cool and carry on.
Recently I had the misfortune of losing a whole folder of images. My normal workflow is to edit on my Mac, with BackBlaze continually backing up, and then at least once a week or more adding folders to my external hard drive for a third fail safe plan. However the joy of the holiday, taking pictures of the family, and being oh so free as a bird made me forget one small but important fact. This was that I was hooked up to my external instead of my computer when editing the last client of the year. Wrapped up in holiday bliss, I failed to make sure I was saving to the correct location.
Online backup programs are not designed to back up your external hard drives as they are removed in this case. In the only instance I have ever done such a mistake, the external hard drive crashed and was not recognized by my computer. I could have screamed or wanted to rip my eyes out, but I knew I had even more backup plans.
Thankfully in the meantime, I remembered I had uploaded my clients images to ShootProof for her last approval. This saved me the time in between waiting for the hard drive to return to download and get her album to her. While it would have been the best option to be more mindful and save to the correct drive, having multiple ways to back up your data is important to your business. Setting a reminder on my calendar to back up to a fourth location is now part of my workflow. If you have ever experienced an issue that you survived because of a back up plan comment below to let us know how you handled it.
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