Photo Backup Strategy
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Nov 26, 2012 3:16 PM Last Post By: woldranger
Nov 10, 2012 4:15 PM
Photo Backup StrategyGot two 32GB SDHC cards and thinking of getting a Western Digital My Passport 1TB portable HD with rugged case (WD Nomad) for storage while periodically burning images to DVD and mailing home.
Any similar / better strategies been used? I don't go mad with photos usually but will be away for (provisionally) 15 months - is 1TB overkill? I believe thats about 200,000 12MP pics or god only knows how many hours 1080p HD video...
Nov 10, 2012 8:39 PM
1If you are mailing home - would not it be easier to get more memory cards or USB sticks and mail those instead? They should more be durable than standard hard drives and might even be more durable than SSD hard drives.
If it is 200,000 then HDs might be ok. I've only got 20,000 for the 8yrs.
Edited by: Rayonline
Nov 11, 2012 2:48 AM
2If you are travelling for 15 months, I'd get a HDD as well. I think you'll get tired of burning to DVD especially as you'll need 8 or so for a memory card. However, for peace of mind its not a bad idea. if you lose the HDD at least some memories will be retained!
I'd also be tempted to get more SD cards, and even in a smaller size, if the card fails you lose less photos!
Nov 11, 2012 7:24 AM
3+1 for the HDD. The more options the better. Personally I back all my images onto 2 dvd's (one standard and one re-writable and mail the standard one home), download a copy to my netbook and will be taking my new 1tb hdd with me too. At the end of the day, the more back up options you have the less likely you are to have an issue. The "belt and braces" approach is the way forward!
If you're based in the UK and are looking for a HDD then have a look at http://www.hotukdeals.com for the latest deals. I picked up a 1tb Toshiba for £53 a couple of weeks ago which is a great price for a post Thai-flood drive of that size (read too many reliability issues with the basic WD element drive so avoided those).
Nov 11, 2012 9:48 AM
Nov 26, 2012 10:42 AM
5I'm surprised no one mentions cloud storage as a second back up to the HDD. To me it seems way easier and safer to back up to a cloud than to burn onto a disc or saving onto memory sticks (that often break). I did a quick search and found cloud storages for $9.99/month up tp 1TB. I'm sure there are less expensive options.
Edited by: NomadWorld
Nov 26, 2012 3:16 PM
6I'd recommend the OTG connection as mentioned by bwil. I'll be having a crack at that when I get a phone that's compatible.
As for cloud storage, that's a no-no for me. After the dodgy connections I had in India and SE Asia there's no way I'd try it as a means of backing up 8gb's of photo's at a time. Fair play to those of you who've been able to do it but I always stay in budget accom and can't see many places in Panama offering beds for $10 and fibreoptic broadband ;)
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