Join Derrick Story for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with multiple hard drives, part of Organizing and Archiving Digital Photos.
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Having one external drive is good, having multiple external drives is better, and I am going to show you why. Let's start with this Western Digital here. There are two drive units in here. They look a lot like this. When I write data to one drive, it automatically mirrors it to the other drive. So I am protected against hard drive failure. One of these goes down; I still have all of my stuff. The thing that I'm not protected from is theft, fire; things like that. In those instances, I'm probably going to lose my data. But we have something fun like this that will protect me from those situations.
But instead of memory cards, we have hard drives. And I have one of these docks at my studio; I have another dock at home. And what I do is that I write information in one location, let's say the studio, to both of these drives here, and then what I do is I take one of the drives home. So that way, I have my information in two spots, and that is safer than just having all of your stuff at one location. Now, here is the ultimate solution right here. This is a drive that has two units in it.
I will just pull this one out here, so you can see. They're user replaceable. So I can upgrade them at a later date as hard drives increase in capacity. But the other thing that it has is this Ethernet port. That allows me to connect it to a Local Area Network, or if I want, I can even access it remotely via the Internet. So this is the deluxe unit. They are less than a couple hundred bucks. They work really well. So we have three different types of hard drives here, and the thing to do is pick the one that works best for you.
The course concludes with a look at aspects of a good backup and archival strategy, ranging from the best file format for long-term backup to the best hardware options for offline storage.
- Removing pictures from a card
- Transferring photos to a Windows or Mac computer
- Transferring images with Lightoom, Aperture or iPhoto
- Assigning ratings to photos and flagging favorites
- Filtering photos
- Choosing file formats
- Backing up to the cloud
- Working with multiple hard drives
- Recovering from backups