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What a Tangled Web… The 2021 Edition

January 16, 2021

I try to do this post every couple of years, and now is as good a time as any.

A friendly reminder from your friendly neighborhood information security guy who is also a photographer…

When was the last time you backed up your photos? That includes your cell phones.

My standard phrase is (with apologies to Bill Shakespeare): What a tangled web we weave, when in backups we do not believe.

For the 2021 edition… a lesson learned.

Last spring I discovered that the image archive on my main machine was missing three days worth of shooting. As were my backup drives. How did I know they were missing? Mostly because I had the images in Lightroom (or snapshots of them), but I didn’t have the images on my primary hard drive. Nor on any of my backup drives.

Three shooting days gone.

I cursed a bit. No, I cursed a lot.

I always considered myself to be very disciplined when it came to doing backups, but obviously I wasn’t as good as I thought I was. Truth be told, I often have instances when I figure out I’m not as good as I thought I was.

While I was irritated, I had to let it go. Nothing I could do about it then and I had other things to do.

And then in early November I found them again. Short version of the story: They were on my last computer that I had used for image processing. Somehow during the copying process from old machine to new, something went awry.

Which leads me to this year. I have every intention of replacing my current image processing computer with a new one. The current rig turns 5 years old in the spring and just in terms of reliability and operating system age, it is time for a new one. And this year, I will be much more careful about backing up everything.

So I’ll say again…

When was the last time you backed up your images?

When was the last time you made a backup of those images and put them somewhere safe outside of your house? Somewhere far enough away that if a major disaster hit your house that it would not also be affected.

And when was the last time you checked to make sure you really have what you thought you had?

One Comment leave one →
  1. January 16, 2021 10:38 pm

    Thank you. I’ll do it now.

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