Last week, something really bad happened. Well, separate of all the horrible things in the news, which is a huge reality check – because the happenings around the globe right now are much worse than what I am about to talk about.
But… I had an external drive fail.
To be fair to the drive, it was at least seven years old, which is one of my failings in this story – not paying attention to the age of my drives and computer backup. I always write the date of purchase on my photo cards, and I will be doing so for external drives as well from now on. How long a drive will last is variable, but it’s something to pay attention to.
I have almost everything from the drive, actually, backed up to the cloud. But I discovered there was a small hole in the way I was importing photos which left a few weeks of recent photos exposed and those are what I lost.
In the end, my husband and I sat down and drew out a map (literally, on paper) of how where my data is, what my workflow is, and how it is being backed up. Then we figured out a way to make sure that EVERYTHING is being backed up both to a local external drive as well as to the cloud. Continue reading…