How To Prevent Disastrous, yet Common Data Problems
As a creative professional, doing everything in your power to avoid data loss and corruption is part of the job. Whilst most are more than happy to invest in the latest and greatest camera gear, investing in a quality backup solution is often overlooked. We dive into workflow tips that can help you and your clients avoid data catastrophes.
WRITE TO TWO MEMORY CARDS
IMMEDIATE BACKUP ON LOCATION
Whilst writing to two memory cards is a worthwhile first step to preventing data loss, it is just as necessary to suck the data off those cards and onto an external solution.
Immediate backup is even more important when working on location, which is often part of the course for many photographers and filmmakers.
Over the course of your shoot or travels, the portable drive will come to hold all of the images you’ve shot, so regardless of what happens to your memory cards, and how many times you need to reformat them, you will arrive back to the studio with at least one copy.
Many creative professionals even back up to a second external hard drive, kept in two separate locations, whether that’s one in their camera bag and another in their suitcase or hotel safe for extra peace of mind.
NEVER WORK OFF CLIENT HARD DRIVES
Now, let’s say you’re commissioned for an edit job on third party photos provided by a client. One of the worst things you can do is work off the drive or USB they provide.
More often than not, a client will not be well versed in fool-proof backup processes and may be handing over the only copy they have.
If the drive is somehow corrupted, it’s impossible for you to know whether the original photographer has kept a back up and the data may very well be lost for good.
Losing any images, particularly irreplaceable events such as wedding or newborn photographs, will be understandably devastating for the client.
As soon as you receive the drive, it’s best to automatically make a copy and return the drive to the client to ease their mind too!
IMPLEMENT A RAID SYSTEM
STORE DATA IN TWO LOCATIONS
No matter how secure your storage solutions are, life is unpredictable and events completely out of your control do occur -whether that’s a fire, flood, or theft.
You may have heard the catastrophic story of a wedding photographer who had their entire apartment (and life’s work with it!) destroyed in a house fire.
With this came a multitude of problems in customer refunds who had their wedding shots lost, and the wasted efforts spent in hours of editing, shooting on the day and travel time.
For this reason, it’s a good idea to have another copy of your most important images at a second off-site location, whether that be at your office, studio, or a relative’s home.
Establish a regular backup routine in this second location. Depending on how often you shoot this may be a weekly, monthly or quarterly regime to keep the data up to date.
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1 As used for storage capacity, one terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment and RAID/JBOD configuration.
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