How many copies of your photos do you keep? My experience this morning is a good reminder that you need more than one. I had just finished making a new “backup” because one of my regular backups was close to full with all the video work I’ve been doing. After finishing my “new” backup, I wanted to do one final backup to my “old” drive, which resulted in this error: The Backup task was aborted because the destination filesystem is malfunctioning. Since this “old” backup was made redundant by my “new” backup, I didn’t really need the “old” backup any more, so this was a survivable error it that I still have my original copy and two good and functioning backup copies. This “old” copy was meant to go in the filing cabinet as a “archive” so I don’t have to spend hours of time or any money fixing it. I’ll mark the old drive “failing” and put it in the filing cabinet as a worst case scenario backup since it’s already paid for and there is no sense in throwing it away. If the worst happens, I can pull it out and it gives me a snapshot back in time for any of the files backed up to it if I can read them. So what’s your backup strategy? Have you ever had a drive fail, and what did you do when it did?
Photographer, educator, and fine art printmaker Rich Seiling works to push the limits of printing technology to create beautiful Museum quality photographic prints for his clients and himself.