3-2-1 backup system will help you keep your digital images forever

Dec 27, 2016

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

3-2-1 backup system will help you keep your digital images forever

Dec 27, 2016

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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No matter if you are a professional photographer or a hobbyist, I’m sure your photos are important to you. Therefore, it’s essential to have a good backup system so you can avoid any situation that may result in losing them all. David Bergman suggests an effective 3-2-1 backup system. It will protect your images from any situation that may hinder them, and save you from losing years of work.

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Losing digital files can come as a result of different circumstances, such as theft, natural disaster or data corruption. This is why you need to have all these situations in mind and create a 3-2-1 backup system: it includes 3 copies, 2 separate devices and 1 offsite backup.

3 copies – this means you need to have the original file and two separate backups.

2 devices – creating your two copies on a single device or the same hard disk simply don’t work. Imagine a situation where you have two copies on the same hard drive, and that drive dies. You can say goodbye to all the files. So, use two completely separate devices. If one dies, you can plug in the other and keep working like nothing happened. With hard drives it’s not the question if they’ll break, but when.

1 offsite backup – even if you have a backup on two separate devices, there are situation when this may not be enough. What if it comes to a theft, a fire or a flood? This is why you need to have one backup at a totally different place. David used to send the third hard copy to his mom’s place out of the state. But today, we have plenty of cloud options. You’ll agree this is much more convenient. You can set the cloud to automatic backup and always stay covered.

If you apply this backup strategy, I assume you can hardly be left without your photos, and it you can apply it to other files, too.

[3-2-1 Back Up : Two Minute Tips with David Bergman | Adorama TV]

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13 responses to “3-2-1 backup system will help you keep your digital images forever”

  1. Gonçalo Santos Avatar
    Gonçalo Santos

    I wondering what software did he use, to manage the backups

    1. Michele M. Ferrario Avatar
      Michele M. Ferrario

      a bigger disk.

    2. Seldom Scene Photography Avatar
      Seldom Scene Photography

      I don’t know what software the video’s creator uses, but I’ve also got a Mac-based system, and swear by Carbon Copy Cloner. I’m sure PC folks can / will speak up w.r.t. the software they like.

  2. Rommel Portugal Avatar
    Rommel Portugal

    I use Syncback Pro

  3. Howardo Mansfieldio Avatar
    Howardo Mansfieldio

    I cross my fingers.

  4. W Douglas LeBlanc Avatar
    W Douglas LeBlanc

    But they want to pressure us to back up OFF SITE , which means we pay more to transfer data to and from the storage place. Plus it’s a hassle all on it’s own. Now if we could rent little Store rooms at controlled storage facilities to put our physical hard drive copies into kind of like larger safe deposit units, with contracts and insurance coverage. At least unitl we can have our own personal cloud storage solutions with out all the price gouging baggage that comes with most cloud storage concepts we have today.

    1. reginald Avatar
      reginald

      professionals can pay 50$ a month for good cloud storage.
      if that´s too much they may have to look for another job.

      1. Daniel Shortt Avatar
        Daniel Shortt

        Spoken like someone who isn’t a working pro who has never actually looked at the reality of it.
        It’s not practical to back up raw files online. I shoot a wedding and can come home with 60-70GB of data, that would take 7 days with my upload connection maxed out, meaning my internet runs like dial up. By time that is done I’d have another wedding and probably another shoot mid week to back up. The technology isn’t there for online backup, it just takes too long. On top of storage limits that I would blow through in a month. I currently have 10TB of data that needs backing up. That would take over 3 years to upload for me.
        And that’s the best internet connection available to me.

        1. udi tirosh Avatar
          udi tirosh

          Daniel, I shoot mainly video. I am using backblaze B2 for online backup (only run it at night from my synology drive).
          I am running for about 3 months. I am at 3% give or take :)

          But some locations have better connection. From what I heard, the Netherlands runs almost 1Gb/sec so it may be a viable option for them.

          1. Daniel Shortt Avatar
            Daniel Shortt

            Yeah exactly. You need a 50mbit upload minimum to concider online storage as a viable backup solution

          2. ext237 Avatar
            ext237

            Another reminder that we don’t have to keep every single exposure. You aren’t going to deliver 80 gigs of product to a wedding client. Learn to cull.

          3. Daniel Shortt Avatar
            Daniel Shortt

            Obviously not… but its still not practical to online backup. The jpegs go to my website for delivery and storage. A normal wedding is about 4gb in jpegs.

            But the raw files… cant do it.

    2. Seldom Scene Photography Avatar
      Seldom Scene Photography

      Or, your offsite backup is a hard drive stored in a safe deposit box (at your bank) or friend’s closet or wherever. Backing up to a drive via USB 3 is much faster than upload to a cloud service (unless your web connection has screaming fast upload), swap backup drives (onsite vs. offsite) once a week, and you’re well covered.