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    How to you backup your image data?

    What methods are people using to make a backup of their photographs? There comes a time I reckon when simply just backing up manually can lead to human error. Do people use software programs to auto sync their photos to another drive so they know they have a mirror duplicate of the original files, or are you still copying over manually? What programs are people using to perform this?
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    I don't. I wait for my disk to crash then I start all over again. Easy!

    OK, not really. I make 2 external copies on usb HDD's, all manual, it's much easier IMHO. So far I have over 30 HDD's and now I'm am actively deleting old stuff. I'm also throwing negatives and slides away. The cat and dog are starting to look nervous too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjphoto View Post
    I don't. I wait for my disk to crash then I start all over again. Easy!

    OK, not really. I make 2 external copies on usb HDD's, all manual, it's much easier IMHO. So far I have over 30 HDD's and now I'm am actively deleting old stuff. I'm also throwing negatives and slides away. The cat and dog are starting to look nervous too...

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    I reckon in the longer terms it's better having automated backup software to sync what you do and save on 1 device onto another automatically. Because I know how many times one "has to get around to backing up" and then to backup takes ages (and live in the hope that the drives don't crash in the meantime!)

    Interested to hear what other people do/use

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    For one of my backup drives (my off-site drive), I use Apple Time Machine. That backups up changes on the entire drive.

    I manually back up data to my two on-site drives, but only my home directory.

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    Are there any programs that mirror files being moved, saved and deleted so you have another hard drive copy without having to manually copy stuff over?

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    Plenty, I use microsofts free synctoy though mist hard drives come with their own similar tools

    Note, I NEVER sync deletes....think about it
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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi View Post
    Note, I NEVER sync deletes....think about it
    lol, yes good point!

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    Lol, exactly, that's why I like synctoy as it has a contribute mode where it just syncs new files and renamed files. Ill manage more major maintenance manually

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi View Post
    Lol, exactly, that's why I like synctoy as it has a contribute mode where it just syncs new files and renamed files. Ill manage more major maintenance manually
    Interested to know why you say you manage major maintenance manually.

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    Because I want control over which directories I move or delete, knowing that if I stuff up there's always a backup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi View Post
    Because I want control over which directories I move or delete, knowing that if I stuff up there's always a backup.
    Isn't that what backup software is for - automates the process?

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    I mirror my images drive.

    I have a network attached drive that I backup to weekly.

    I backup to an external drive on the 1st of every month. - month by month catalogue.

    This way I am covered against most issues. I use disk RAID, Lightroom backup, Acronis for my main backup. Several external hard drives and a network disk array. I have maybe 5 photos worth bragging about, but you know what it took me ages to get those pics so I am going to protect them well

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    I use AutoSync and I don't propgate deletions.
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    I have a 10TB Raid5 system. It automatically backs-up all files in specified folders on my system. I have it set to back-up my RAW files as they are uploaded to my PC from the memory card, and then due to my file structure for photo storage, it backs up any edited versions as I save them as well. There are lots of automated backup solutions out there.

    Once a month I run it manually on another external drive, and that drive is stored at a friend's place. I go get the drive, backup, and take the drive back. I hold their backup drive at my place. Most of these software allow you to name and setup several backup solutions, so you can have it do a range of functions for you at different schedules, as needed.

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    I use Rich Copy4.0. It's an unofficial Microsoft backup software, written by an M$ employee for 'internal use'. Free to download and use, easy to configure, flexible, fast and (so far) totally reliable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wideangle View Post
    What methods are people using to make a backup of their photographs? There comes a time I reckon when simply just backing up manually can lead to human error. Do people use software programs to auto sync their photos to another drive so they know they have a mirror duplicate of the original files, or are you still copying over manually? What programs are people using to perform this?
    Time Machine here also plus I have all my photos backed up on DVD's for extra protection.

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