Monday, September 1, 2008

Backing up your files

As I listen to the coverage of Hurricane Gustav, I am reminded that in an instance, things can be changed drastically. When it comes to that instance, you won't have a chance to save those all important files that you have been working on for the last week, month, or a number of months without backing them up. I know it is not something that always crosses your mind when working on digitizing your images, scans, or even photoshop files, but it is something that you must think of in case of that natural disaster. Whether it be a flood, tornado, fire or whatever, you must look at a system that works for you in making sure that you do not lose your life's work and files. For myself, I have found that keeping a backup of all files is not only necessary in my studio, but also by keeping a complete set of the backup files outside of my location, which just happens to be at my parents house. That way if everything were to get damaged here, at last I would be able to access the files from a hard drive that is kept there. I know you may think that seems redundant, but how much are your files worth to you? How about all of those images you took of your paintings that have been sold and have no clue where they are at? A few hours to back up your archive now can make all those headaches non existent in the case that something were to happen.

4 comments:

Christina E. Rodriguez said...

Don't forget online storage for access to your files anywhere. For instance, I'm sorting and scanning years of photos to post to Flickr (I knew someone whose family lost every picture they ever had due to a flood in their basement). A paid subscription gives you unlimited storage space and you can make photos completely private.

Redundant systems are the name of the game when it comes to preparedness. Have at least two or three options in case one fails.

Shawn McCann said...

That's a great point Christina. Thanks for the information!

Nina said...

Hey, Shawn! You are going to be a most excellent mentor next year to the lucky winner- well done!

Shawn McCann said...

Thanks Nina. Anxious to see who I will be working with.