Image Backup Routine Saves the Day
Yesterday I was organising my backups. I use G-Technology ev series and having 1 week or so ago set up a 2Tb RAID as my main backup file decided I didn't need to reuse my old 1TB backup G-dive. So I decided to erase it and use it as a backup to my master images G-Drive. Sadly they have similar folder names and............ you guessed? I pressed erase on the wrong one. As soon as I did it I realised but the process is so quick by the time I pressed stop it was over, finished and images erased and a dark cloud descended on me. Mmmmm I thought, or words to that effect.
After a coffee and gathering thoughts moment I decided perhaps I can restore the data. I contacted G-Technology and waited and this morning received the, no you cannot, news.
Thankfully its not all bad news as I did have a backup all be it an old one. So this afternoon I restored the old images backup dated 14 August 2014 and reloaded the last three assignments that were still intact on their CF cards. All I need to do now is re export the last weddings gallery images to the new images file and I am almost up to date.
I cannot imagine what I would have felt like had I got no backups. It would have been a major disaster but thankfully I had one. So the G-Technology investment at the start of this year has been worth it. I wonder do all photographers have this in place? I used to rely on simple backup devices but as the catalogue of photographs grows this becomes and became unmanageable.
So the lessons are, always double check before deleting files and more so for folders and ensure you always have a back up of your very important photography images.
I chose this image to accompany this Blog as I liked the idea of the hand horn presumably as a backup to the electric horn?
Keywords: G-Technology, Photograph, RAID, backup, process, storage
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