|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on May 12, 2015 at 7:15 AM|
I almost lost ELEVEN YEARS worth of personal photos and all my scanned and restored family history ones.
I should know better, right? After all, I work with photos, I know about photo organization, I've heard the horror stories..... you just never think it will happen to you.
I stored everything on an external hard drive to free up space on my computer and laptop (the programs I use are extremely memory intensive and I needed the room!) I'm not trying to make excuses, but in the process of moving everything from one computer(s) to my new one and reorganizing, working, etc, backing up data kind of got lost in the shuffle and put off.
I got used to accessing files off the external drive. But then it started acting strangely. I immediately went out and bought another to transfer files over.
Not everything made it.
I lost five years worth of Girl Scout stuff (thankfully not the photos!), quite a few miscellaneous projects, two thirds of my digital scrap booking supplies, and all of my completed and in progress digital scrap book pages. Sigh.
So, dear reader, where do YOUR irreplaceable photos, movies and important documents live? Is there only the one copy on your computer, your phone, your tablet? What if your phone or tablet broke, got lost or was stolen? What if your computer crashed? What if there was a fire or flood?
Remember the Rule of Three:
- Computer copy
- Back up copy (external drive or similar)
- Off site copy (burn data to disks, USB, or similar)
Back it up. Do it NOW.