The above photo wasn’t taken by me, it was taken by Richard, the restaurant manager at Auberge du Pommier using my camera. That dummy on the floor is me. Proposing to my wife on 07 July 2007.

I love this photo and would die without it, but that’s exactly what happened a few month later. I lost my entire photo library!!!! It was due to a stupid incident that I wish never happened. Ultimately, it was my own fault and to make matters worse, I never backed up my collection. I was so upset because the photo of my proposal was on that HD and that was the only copy I owned! It was devastating, frustrating, annoying, and just plain aggravating. I was so upset and there was nothing I could do about it. I did, however, learned from my mistake and now have five copies of everything. It’s a very primitive setup (compared to other solutions out there, like RAID1 or RAID5) but I’m happy with it. This is what I have, and how it work:

  1. 500GB external laptop HD which I carry everywhere my laptop goes. It’s the first place I download all my images.
  2. Another 500GB external laptop HD which I leave at home. Images are copied to this drive as soon as I get home. Once everything is transferred, then I go ahead and delete the photos off my CF cards.
  3. Once every two weeks I meet up with my sister who returns back my THIRD 500GB external laptop HD. Images are transferred to this HD and they leave with my sister at the end of the day. I do this in the event of a fire, where I loose my laptop and my HD at home.
  4. I also keep a copy of all photos in jpeg and “I WOULD DIE WITHOUT” RAW files saved online.
  5. My Aperture library, on my internal laptop HD, also saves a full resolution JPEG of all my referenced RAW images.

So there you go. If I loose ever loose my photo collection, then I must have really pissed off the powers that be and I deserve what comes to me. As I said before, there are much more advanced systems out there, but I like the way I have thing set up. I’ve been doing this for over two years now and it’s been going well.

Recently, I upgraded my camera and now have dual memory card slots which I use to shoot in backup mode so I have two copies of each photo when I take them. In the event that one of my memory cards get corrupted, I still have a backup. This way, I always have two copies. Always.

I never did get my entire photo library back and it still bugs me to this day.

It turns out that Mary saved a copy of all the RAW files from our engagement to her sisters laptop because she wanted to show her the day after. Fortunately, she never deleted them! I have such a smart wife….that’s why I married her!

Are you crazy anal about your photo backup solution like I am? If so, please share your setup with us in the comments section below.

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  1. Sam reply

    You got an excellent backup solution (including Disaster Recovery). I had a prof. who lost 10 years research due to hard drive in his laptop crash. He cried but nothing he can do. One can never be crazy about backup. Excellent setup Ryan.

  2. Sam reply

    And it's a wonderful proposal picture. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Ryan reply

    Thank you Sam!That's too bad about your Prof. It's a tough lesson to learn until it happens to you.

  4. Matt reply

    I run a RAID 1+0 setup, I too learned my lesson after a drive loss

  5. Pearl reply

    Wow, 5 copies!

    Can’t believe that was almost 5 years ago! crazy how time flies. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Richard reply

    I remember taking that photo! Still one of the most memorable moments for me at Auberge. Thanks for letting me play a small part in it.

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