This is my annual plea to remind my clients, other photographers and anyone who owns a computer to back-up your files on a cloud service. It doesn’t matter if you have a Mac or a PC at some point your computer will crash and you will lose all your files. It’s happened to me so many times I don’t even count anymore. BUT I don’t worry so much because I have cloud back-up and that has saved me. I use Crash Plan but there are other companies out there as well; I’m just not as versed with them. But honestly I would recommend Crash Plan over a couple other ones. Just e-mail me and I’ll give you my two cents.
I say cloud service because just having another hard drive saving your stuff is not going to cut it. In fact my external hard drives have crashed just as much if not more than drives on my computer. Sometimes they last 5+ years but sometimes you’ll get a lemon and it will last but a year! It’s happened to me I know this!
Many of my clients choose a USB of their images which is great because you have something in hand but many more are choosing to get the digital download of these images now and I just want to make sure you are backing these babies up! But even if you have a USB or DVD of your images you want to make sure you have those downloaded somewhere as well because who knows if you lose your USB or even worse fire or water damage.
So there is my reminder, don’t say I didn’t warn you. Back up, Back up those files, Back up those files now!
Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks Minnesota. When she’s not photographing children and their families she’s yelling at them to back up their files (all files not just pictures) on their computers.