Pogo Plug is a service that partners with hardware manufacturers. In this case, they're partnering with Buffalo. And this is the unit I have back at my studio, 500 miles away. It's running right now, and we're going to tap into it in just a minute. But first, I wanted to show you how this all works. So you have a hard drive, and it’s plugged into my router. Right here is the Ethernet port.
And by doing so, then it is available for me via my iPhone, my tablet, my computer, and so forth. It makes it Internet-capable. So, I have just created my own personal cloud. Another feature that's nice that I like about this is that it actually has room for two hard drives. Now, the way I have it set up is that there's redundancy on the hard drives themselves. So, when I write to this hard drive right here, then I have a second hard drive inserted here that mirrors the content on here.
So, if something goes wrong with one of the hard drives, then all I have to do is pull out, put in a fresh hard drive, and then they mirror once again. So, I am protected to some degree against the hard drive failure. So let's see how this actually works now. Let's, let's talk to one of these units that I have back at my studio. So here's Pogo Plug and I'm going to tap on that. And there are a couple of options here. So, this top option, this is my hard drive back at the studio, and it shows how much space is available.
And it's that same unit that I just showed you. Now, Pogo Plug's interesting because they also offer a commercial service that has a lot of the bells and whistles that we talked about earlier, automatic backup and so forth, so you could have both with just this one company right here. Right now,though, we're going to focus on the personal cloud. So I'm going to tap on my hard drive right here. And this is a lot like what we talked about with Dropbox, where I have all sorts of things backed up onto this drive.
I use it with my mobile devices, but I also use it with my computer. Right here is the iPhone backup folder. I'm going to tap on that. This is where I save the images off my iPhone onto this drive. By the way, we're looking at this drive that is back at my studio right now. My iPhone is communicating with it. And as a personal cloud, I am in complete control of it, or at least that's the illusion I'm operating under. All right, so here are a few photos that I've already backed up.
And I thought to show you how this works, it would be fun to back up those photos that I just shot of the drive itself. So I'm going to go down here to the Camera icon, tap on it. going to tap on Existing Photos. We'll go to my Camera Roll. Here are the shots that I just shot for you, showing you the drive I brought, an extra drive with me, and I have it here at the studio. So I'm going to go ahead and tap on these to make the check marks appear, and then I'm going to click on the Done button right here.
And you'll notice down here that the communication is going on, so my iPhone is now talking to that drive back at my studio. I'm just going to pull down to make it refresh, and here are the images. I'll just tap on this right here. And now, we're viewing that image stored on the drive back at my studio. So, this particular workflow is what I call semi-automatic. When I take a picture, it's not automatically going to this drive that's back at my studio.
But when I have a break and I have an internet connection, I can just go ahead and tap on the shots that that I've recently taken, send them back to the house, and they're there. And in my case, I do use it as redundancy. So, I'm using some commercial services, but like a lot of people, I feel comfortable having my own hard drive and my own back up, using this personal cloud system.
Learn how easy it is to store photos in the cloud with services such as Dropbox and iCloud and set up personal cloud storage with Pogoplug and Transporter. Next, check out storage options with online services like Flickr, Shutterfly, and Instagram, and explore how to back up photos manually with Lightroom, iPhoto, and Aperture. Finally, Derrick shows how to develop a flexible storage workflow that works best for you.
- Why backup is important
- Weighing backup approaches
- Determining the role of your mobile camera for your overall photography
- Backing up videos
- Should you back up music?
- Exploring the benefits of flash storage
- Evaluating the advantages and risks of using cloud storage
- Using Lightroom Mobile on the iPad
- Automating backups with Dropbox
- Creating a complete backup with iCloud and iPhoto
- Separating your movies and photos