Securely back up your photos without thinking about

I no longer use Zenfolio or Jungle Disk. I now use SmugMug and Mozy for offsite backup.

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Backing up photos has been and always will be an ongoing debate within the photography community. What is the best way, the cheapest way, the safest way?

I have mentioned in the past what I use but now my two favorite solutions made it even easier.

Drobo and JungleDisk now have automated backup solutions built right into their software. All you need to do is set the folder you want backed up and the when you want it backed up and you never have to think about it again. I have my entire library backed up every Sunday at 12AM so it doesn’t interfere with my workflow.

The best part is after the first backup the software will not overwrite files at the next backup. It will only add new files. You can however tell it to delete files from the backup that you delete from the library. Cool, no?

For Mac users who don’t have a Drobo or don’t use JungleDisk I do believe Carbon Copy Cloner has a similar feature. That means you can automate your backup to any external hard drive!

I no longer use Zenfolio or Jungle Disk. I now use SmugMug and Mozy for offsite backup.

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  1. I'm not too familiar with PC backups but I can recommend checking out John Milleker (http://johnmilleker.com/) he uses a PC, is in the IT field.. and is a great photographer. Maybe he can give you some advice more specific to your problem :-)

  2. Any tips for fixing a digital mess? I have multiple external hard drives with multiple copies of files, along with an internal hard drive that has mostly the same files. I'm thinking about using some kind of file duplicate finding software to clean off/consolidate one or more external drives, and then using some kind of back up scheme to have original files on my desktop, a local backup and an offsite backup. I'd like this to be as painless as possible!

    Alternatively, would it work to use lightroom start a new catalog of my desktop images. Then import all the external hard drive images, but use the “Don't import duplicates” box. Then wipe the external (since all duplicates would be ignored, and the originals saved on the internal) and use the external for a backup?

  3. nope, PC.
    Ditto on the images being the most important thing on my drive. Music too, I guess

  4. Any tips for fixing a digital mess? I have multiple external hard drives with multiple copies of files, along with an internal hard drive that has mostly the same files. I'm thinking about using some kind of file duplicate finding software to clean off/consolidate one or more external drives, and then using some kind of back up scheme to have original files on my desktop, a local backup and an offsite backup. I'd like this to be as painless as possible!Alternatively, would it work to use lightroom start a new catalog of my desktop images. Then import all the external hard drive images, but use the "Don't import duplicates" box. Then wipe the external (since all duplicates would be ignored, and the originals saved on the internal) and use the external for a backup?

  5. Dave, if you are on a Mac there are a lot of great duplicate finding software out there that can help. I have multiple drivers with the same files as well.. That is a good thing. Hard drives fail so easily that multiple copies is ideal. Example being.. I have 2 Drobo's. Both have 4 drives in it with the same files.. That is 8 hard drives that are a copy of the Lightroom Library.. which to me is the only important thing on my computer. My JungleDisk backup is the same. Secure off site backup and 8 hard drives. Can't go wrong!

  6. nope, PC. Ditto on the images being the most important thing on my drive. Music too, I guess

  7. I'm not too familiar with PC backups but I can recommend checking out John Milleker (http://johnmilleker.com/) he uses a PC, is in the IT field.. and is a great photographer. Maybe he can give you some advice more specific to your problem :-)

  8. Dave, if you are on a Mac there are a lot of great duplicate finding software out there that can help. I have multiple drivers with the same files as well.. That is a good thing. Hard drives fail so easily that multiple copies is ideal. Example being.. I have 2 Drobo's. Both have 4 drives in it with the same files.. That is 8 hard drives that are a copy of the Lightroom Library.. which to me is the only important thing on my computer. My JungleDisk backup is the same. Secure off site backup and 8 hard drives. Can't go wrong!

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