The Death of a Backup Photo Hard Drive

If you follow me here, or if you’ve watched my “Simplified Lightroom Image Management” (SLIM) System course (link) at KelbyOne (or heard me teach it live at my Lightroom seminar), you’ve heard me going on and on about how you can’t rely on just one hard drive to back up your images. I talk about how important is that and that you not only have a have a backup of your backup BUT ALSO a cloud-backup, too! Well, this week, two people desperately needed their backups — for different reasons.

If you ever been to one of my seminars, you’ve seen Dave Gales; he’s my longtime friend and moderator for the seminar tour, and he does the morning announcements, helps out front, and bails me out if one of the projectors goes down and so much more. Anyway, we were in Atlanta on Tuesday for my seminar there and he was telling me how he had backed up his family photos to one hard drive, and all his videos to another drive. He did this backup about 18-months ago, but when he plugged the two drives in last week, BOTH were completely dead. Less than 18-months ago they were brand new drives. Now they’re bricks. Thankfully, we had a cloud backup (He’s been using Crash Plan, and though they’ve stopped doing backup for consumers, he was grandfathered in when they made the announcement, so he will still be able to use them for a couple of more years). Thankfully, he had that cloud backup, or he would have lost his entire family archive.

The week before, I got this email from one of my readers:

“By the way, I now put all my pictures on an external hard drive, got a second one and also took an annual backup license with Backblaze which you recommend in the book. It was a wonderful tip, as my laptop was stolen recently and I could recover all my files. Thank you so much for the tip!!!”

Well, I’m passing this same tip on to you today. Yes, you should absolutely have a backup drive for your backup drive, but having a Cloud backup (I use Backblaze.com – $5 a month unlimited storage) where they automatically provide redundant backups for you, could be the key to saving you from the heartbreaking of losing your entire image library.

This would be a great weekend to set your three-level backup strategy in place.
You can watch my new 2018 SLIM System online course for more on all this backup stuff. Here’s the official trailer (below), and a link to the course itself is here.

Have a great weekend everybody — I’m off to shoot the Dolphins game this weekend, and then on Monday I’m doing my last seminar for the year — it’s my “Photoshop for Lightroom Users”full-day seminar – this time in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Hope you can come out and spend the day with me. Tickets and info here.

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Check out this crazy deal — yesterday Dave texted me about a deal he found on B&H on a 10-Terabyte WD External Hard Drive for just $199 (that’s TEN – count ’em ‚ 10-Terabytes for $199 ($100 off). Here’s the link in case you need one. 

Author: Scott Kelby

Scott is the President of KelbyOne, an online educational community for photographers, Photoshop and Lightroom users. He's editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, Editor of "Lightroom magazine"; Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, and the author of a string of bestselling Photoshop, Lightroom, and photography books. You can learn more about Scott at http://scottkelby.com

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  1. Enjoy the football – red dot on the eye and fill them frame

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  2. Doesn’t backup imply there was an original copy around?

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  3. Hi Scott

    I watch the tutorial n theSLIM System it was very well presented. I have adopted your system it was a revelation, and now I have got to grips with it I have come to love it!

    Thank you so so much it has been fantastic I would recommend everybody.

    All the best Paul

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